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Bellamy, Joseph (c. 1788–1788)

Joseph Bellamy was the son of convict Sarah Bellamy and seaman Joseph Downey. He was born on board the Lady Penrhyn during its voyage. Joseph was baptised at Port Jackson on 10 February 1788 (at the first baptismal ceremony held in the colony) and died on 29 February 1788. He was the first European child to be buried in the colony.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 31

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  • Downey, Joseph

c. 1788
at sea


29 February, 1788 (aged ~ 1 month)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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