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James Heatherly (1765–?)

James Heatherly was a carpenter on the Sirius which arrived in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet. He had three children with Elizabeth Bason. He left with his family on the Endeavour in 1795. After the ship proved unseaworthy and was scuttled in New Zealand, Heatherley constructed a longboat from the Endeavour to take some of the passengers to Norfolk Island.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 170-71

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  • Hatherly, James
  • Hatherleigh, James

Portsmouth, Hampshire, England

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