Welcome to Dead Man Secrets
This project is a genealogical search for the living male descendants of the 35 men who died on the Great Barrier Reef in 1791 during the wrecking of the Pandora. We started with a pilot-project concentrating on tracking male descendants of 8 of these 35 men - 6 young men from Orkney and 2 young men from the London area- who were born in the 1760s. The intention is to find matching DNA (Y) signatures to Y chromosome sequences obtained at Bond University in 2010 from 3 skeletons recovered from the Pandora wreck in the 1990s. Could one of the three skeletons be your ancestor? If your family name is Bowler, Cullimore, Croy, Eglington, Fea, Mackey, Millar or Stewart , one of these 8 men may be your ancestor. You can also check whether your family name is among the other 27 men who died in 1791 when the Pandora was wrecked. Please contact me if you think your family tree may provide a link.