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James McManis (1765–1798)

James McManis (McManus) was a marine in the 59th (Portsmouth) Company when he arrived in Sydney aboard the Charlotte in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet. He served Captain Watkin Tench's Company at Port Jackson.

Deciding to settle, McManis went to Norfolk Island on the Atlantic in October 1791. The next month he married Jane Poole on the island. With their infant child, the couple returned to Port Jackson in September 1792. McManis joined the NSW Corps (discharged May 1797) and was granted 65 acres of land at Mulgrave Place in 1795. He was buried in Sydney on 15 April 1798.

* further information: Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 233

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April, 1798 (aged ~ 33)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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