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John Batchelor (?–1788)

John Batchelor was marine, 55th (Portsmouth) Company, on the Sirius which arrived in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet. He was sent to Norfolk Island on the Supply on 14 February 1788. An order of 3 dozen lashes on 17 April for stealing rum, quitting work and breaking into stores was forgiven by the commander of the settlement, Philip Gidley King.

Batchelor drowned on 15 June after his fishing boat capsized.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 26-27

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15 June, 1788
Norfolk Island, Australia

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