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Thomas Bullmore (1764–1788)

Thomas Bullmore, a marine in the 50th (Portsmouth) company, arrived in Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Scarborough as part of the First Fleet. He had been in trouble during the voyage for fighting with fellow marine Luke Haynes and John Woods.

On 6 November 1788 Bullmore was angered when Mary Phillips refused to sleep with him and attacked fellow marine James Baker who was in her hut. Bullmore was injured in the attack and arranged to continue the fight the next day with Richard Asky as his second. Bullmore was more seriously injured and died on 11 November.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 58

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  • Bulmore, Thomas

Warwickshire, England


11 November, 1788 (aged ~ 24)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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