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Fowell, Newton Digby (c. 1768–1790)

Newton Digby Fowell (1768-1790) was an able seaman aboard the Sirius when he arrived at Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Sirius as part of the First Fleet. He was appointed 2nd lieutenant on the ship on 28 December 1789. After the Sirius was wrecked at Norfolk Island in March 1790 he was made acting lieutenant on the Supply. When travelling on the Supply to Batavia (Jakarta, Indonesia) to get provisions for the colony he contracted the deadly fever prevalent in the Dutch community at Batavia and died at sea on 25 August 1790.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 131-32

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'Fowell, Newton Digby (c. 1768–1790)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/fowell-newton-digby-31140/text38527, accessed 28 October 2020.

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Life Summary [details]

Birth

c. 30 July 1768

Death

25 August 1790
at sea

Cause of Death

fever

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