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Thomas Chipp (1754–1842)

Thomas Chipp was a private marine 42nd (Plymouth) Company. He arrived in Sydney in  January 1788 aboard the Friendship as part of the First Fleet and served at Port Jackson in the detachment of Watkin Tench. At the end of his service he elected to become a settler and left for Norfolk Island aboard the Atlantic on 26 October 1791. He married Jane Langley on 5 November 1791; they settled on 60 acres of land at Cascade Stream, Phillipsburgh on 28 November. In October 1793 he held 38 acres, of which 7 were cultivated. He returned to Sydney with his wife and three children aboard the Daedalus in November 1794 and enlisted in the NSW Corps.

On 5 September he received a share, with seven others, in 200 acres at Mulgrave Place. On 13 March he was granted 600 acres with John Hayes; Major Joseph Foveaux purchased it from them before the grant was registered. He was discharged from the NSW Corps on 26 December 1802. Two years later he was granted 100 acres at Bankstown. On 1 January 1810 a grant of 100 acres at Upper Minto was recorded. In 1822 he was working as a baker. In 1828 he was described in the Census as a labourer, aged 74; he was living in Pitt Street. He died at Concord on 3 July 1842. His burial was registered at St John's, Parramatta. 

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 69-70

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1 February, 1754
Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England


3 July, 1842 (aged 88)
Concord, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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