Loch Ard Gorge Australia

John Bullen

Epsom, Australia

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Located on the southern coastline of Victoria, Australia, Loch Ard Gorge is named after the shipwreck of Loch Ard. Of the fifty-four passengers and crew, only two survived: Tom Pearce, at 15 years of age, a ship’s apprentice, and Eva Carmichael, an Irishwoman immigrating with her family, at 17 years of age. According to memorials at the site, Pearce was washed ashore, and rescued Carmichael from the water after hearing her cries for help. Pearce then proceeded to climb out of the gorge to raise the alarm to local pastoralists who immediately set into plan a rescue attempt. After three months in Australia Carmichael returned to Europe. Four of her family members drowned that night. Pearce was hailed as a hero, and continued his life at sea. He drowned several years later in another shipping accident.

The arch of the nearby Island Archway collapsed in June 2009. The feature now appears as two unconnected rock pillars. They have since been officially named Tom and Eva after the two teenage survivors of the Loch Ard shipwreck.

The Gorge is now a part of the Port Campbell National Park, Victoria, Australia, and is a 10 minute drive past the famous 12 Apostles.

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Canon 7D
Sigma 18-50mm EX DC Macro
Sigma 10-20mm EX
Canon EF 50mm f1.8
Sigma 70-300mm APO DG
Canon Speedlite 430EX
Various filters including ND2, ND4, ND8, CPL, GND, IR, UV, graduated Cokins
Various Gadgets including Shutter Release Cables, Tripods etc

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