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Newton Digby Fowell (c. 1768–1790)

Newton Digby Fowell (1768-1790) was an able seaman aboard the Sirius when he arrived at Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Sirius as part of the First Fleet. He was appointed 2nd lieutenant on the ship on 28 December 1789. After the Sirius was wrecked at Norfolk Island in March 1790 he was made acting lieutenant on the Supply. When travelling on the Supply to Batavia (Jakarta, Indonesia) to get provisions for the colony he contracted the deadly fever prevalent in the Dutch community at Batavia and died at sea on 25 August 1790.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 131-32

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Life Summary [details]


c. 30 July, 1768


25 August, 1790 (aged 22)
at sea

Cause of Death


Passenger Ship
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