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John Poulden (?–1814)

John Poulden was a 2nd lieutenant of marines 60th Company when he arrived at Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Prince of Wales as part of the First Fleet. He had transferred from the Charlotte on 19 October 1787. In December 1790 he was one of a group of marines sent on a punitive expedition against Aborigines at Botany Bay.

Poulden lived with Mary Mitchell in the colony. Their son John was born on 14 April 1790 and seems to have been taken back to England when Poulden returned on the Atlantic in December 1792. Poulden died in March 1814. He had been a captain since June 1794.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 291

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