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John Nicholas (c. 1767–1790)

John Nicholas (c.1767-1790) was an able seaman when he arrived at Sydney aboard the Supply in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet. He died at sea on 8 September 1790 on the ship's return voyage from Batavia (Jakarta, Indonesia) where many deaths from fever had occurred during the ship's stay there. The ship had gone to Batavia for supplies for the colony.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 264

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c. 1767
Tynemouth, Northumberland, England


8 September, 1790 (aged ~ 23)
at sea

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