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Thomas Harp (?–1790)

Thomas Harp was a marine in the 5th (Portsmouth) Company which arrived in Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Alexander as part of the First Fleet. He served in the company of Captain James Meredith.

He drowned on 23 July 1790 after a whale attacked a small boat from which he, John Bates, James Ferguson and John Wilkins were fishing near Bradley's Head in Sydney Harbour. Only Wilkins managed to swim ashore.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 160

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23 July, 1790
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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