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Biographical entry Shortland, John (1769 - 1810)

5 September 1769
21 January 1810
at sea
Naval officer


John Shortland arrived in Australia with the First Fleet in 1788 as master's mate in the Sirius. He returned to England in 1792 and came back to Australia with Governor Hunter in 1794, as first lieutenant in the Reliance. He discovered coal at Newcastle in 1797 and is commemorated by the Newcastle suburb of Shortland.

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