Thetis May 26th 1848

Two masted wooden schooner, 95 tons. Built Moruya River, NSW, 1847; reg. Sydney 84/1847. Lbd 66.1 x 18.4 x 9.6 ft. Master Alexander Collins.

Inward bound from Sydney, struck Point Lonsdale reef, Port Phillip Heads, 26 May 1848. Fifteen minutes after she struck she was on her beam ends with her masts lying over the rocks. The twenty-four passengers, most of whom were in bed at the time, rushed on deck and clung to the side of the vessel till low tide when they dropped on to the reef. Two children were swept from their mother’s arms and drowned. Their parents reached the reef in such a distressed and exhausted condition that they died before reaching the shore. All other passengers and crew reached safety.

This article from The Port Phillip Gazette appeared in The Colonial Times 9th June 1848:

Colonial Times (Hobart, Tas. : 1828 - 1857), Friday 9 June 1848,

source: Trove at National Library of Australia

And this rather tantalising article from The Argus:

The Melbourne Argus (Vic. : 1846 - 1848), Friday 9 June 1848, pa

source: Trove at National Library of Australia