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James Maxwell (?–1792)

James Maxwell ( -1792) was a 1st lieutenant of marines in the 36th (Plymouth) Company when he arrived at Sydney aboard the Charlotte in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet. He had originally been ordered to the Scarborough but was transferred to the Prince of Wales and then transferred, at sea, to the Charlotte on 19 October 1787.

In July 1788 Maxwell requested leave to return home because of problems with his eyesight. He left Port Jackson on the Alexander on 14 July 1788 and died on 2 March 1792 at the marine barracks, Plymouth, England.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 242-43

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2 March, 1792
Plymouth, Devon, England

Cause of Death


Passenger Ship
Military Service
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