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Bates, John (?–1790)

John Bates was a marine in the 47th (Portsmouth) Company. He arrived in Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Sirius as part of the First Fleet. He was a mason by trade.

He drowned on 23 July 1790 after a whale attacked a small boat from which he, James Ferguson, Thomas Harp and John Wilkins were fishing near Bradley's Head in Sydney Harbour. Only Wilkins managed to swim ashore.

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

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'Bates, John (?–1790)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/bates-john-30194/text37472, accessed 19 August 2022.

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Life Summary [details]

Birth

England

Death

23 July, 1790
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

drowned

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