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William Ellis (c. 1751–?)

William Ellis (c.1751- ) was a marine 9th (Plymouth) Company when he arrived at Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Friendship as part of the First Fleet. He was attached to Captain John Meredith's Company at Port Jackson. He acted as a servant for Lieutenant Ralph Clark until March 1790.

Ellis had a son, Thomas, with Elizabeth Cole in 1789. Ellis went alone to Norfolk Island on the Supply in March 1790. He returned to England on the Gorgon in December 1791.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 119-120

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c. 1751
Washfield, Devon, England

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