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Cunningham, James (?–1788)

James Cunningham ( -1788) was a master's mate when he arrived at Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Sirius as part of the First Fleet. He was lent to the Supply to go with the first group to settle on Norfolk Island in February 1788. On 6 August 1788 Cunningham was sent to give assistance to the Supply after her first landing. His boat overturned and he was drowned, along with two seamen and one convict.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 91

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  • Cunninghame, James

6 August, 1788
Norfolk Island, Australia

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