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Thomas Bishop (?–1793)

Thomas Bishop was a marine in the 21st (Plymouth) Company when he arrived in Sydney aboard the Charlotte in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet. He served at Port Jackson in Captain James Campbell's Company until 1791 when he expressed a wish to settle on Norfolk Island. Soon after landing there in November he reconnected with Mary Davis. They were among the many couples who participated in the mass wedding ceremony held on the island in early November 1791.

Bishop settled on 60 acres at Grenville Vale. The couple, with their daughter Charlotte, returned to Port Jackson on the Kitty in March 1793. Bishop received a 110 acre grant of land at Hen and Chicken Bay. He was buried on 10 December 1793.

information from

  • Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 98-99
  • HMS Sirius 1786-90 — accessed 12 August 2020
  • First Fleet Bishop Family — accessed 12 August 2020

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'Bishop, Thomas (?–1793)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 31 May 2024.

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9 December, 1793
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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