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Harris, John Wilkinson (c. 1765–1795)

John Wilkinson Harris (c.1765-1795) was a midshipman aboard the Sirius when he arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet. After the wreck of the Sirius in 1788 he returned to Port Jackson on the Supply and seems to have been employed on shore duties until leaving for England on the Waaksamheid in March 1791. Commissioned Lieutenant RN in June 1794 he died at sea on 10 July 1795.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 162

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Life Summary [details]


c. 1765
United States of America


10 July, 1795 (aged ~ 30)
at sea

Cause of Death


Cultural Heritage
Passenger Ship
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