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Westbrook, William Burton (c. 1762–1788)

William Burton Westbrook (c.1762-1788), was an able seaman when he arrived at Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Sirius as part of the First Fleet. He was lent to the Supply to go with the first group to settle on Norfolk Island in February 1788. Westbrook drowned on 6 August 1788, along with three other men, when their boat overturned after it was caught in heavy surf.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 377

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c. 1762
Fareham, Hampshire, England


6 August, 1788 (aged ~ 26)
Norfolk Island, Australia

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