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Thomas Freeman (c. 1742–1794)

Thomas Freeman (c.1742-1794) was an able seaman, working as a clerk, when he arrived at Sydney aboard the Sirius in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet. He was appointed under commissary at Port Jackson and issued clothing to the women convicts before they landed on 5 February.

Freeman was sent to Norfolk Island as deputy storekeeper on 1 August 1790 on the Surprize, returning to to Port Jackson on the Chesterfield in March 1793. He was serving at Parramatta when he was buried at St John's Church on 2 November 1794.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 136-37

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c. 1742


1 November, 1794 (aged ~ 52)
Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


Passenger Ship
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