Commander John Shortland, Snr, RN [Crew "Supply" 1788]

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Commander John Shortland, Snr, RN

Birthplace: Plymouth, Devon, England
Death: January 16, 1803 (60-68)
Lille, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Shortland and Mary Shortland
Husband of Margaret Shortland
Father of Jane Shortland; Peggy Shortland; Captain John Shortland, Jnr, RN [Marine "Sirius" "Friendship" 1788 + Marine "Reliance" 1795] and Captain Thomas George Shortland, RN [Crew "Alexander" 1788]

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About Commander John Shortland, Snr, RN [Crew "Supply" 1788]

John SHORTLAND was born c1739 Plymouth, England

John married Margarethe RUTHERFORD on 5/7/1764 at St Mary's Whitechapel, England and they had the following children

  • Jane 1765
  • Peggy 1767
  • John 1769
  • Thomas George 1771

John was Naval Agent for the First Fleet and he arrived in Sydney Cove on 26/1/1788 on "Supply". His sons John and Thomas also were on the First Fleet.

John left the colony in July 1788 on "Alexander" and later that year he gave the order to scuttle "Friendship" due not having sufficient crew to man both ships due to scurvy

John died May 1803 Lille, France

John Shortland (1739-1803), naval officer, was born near Plymouth, son of John Shortland, the senior member of a remarkable west of England family, six members of whom were associated with the colonization of Australia and New Zealand.

Convicts and Naval Personnel - First Fleet, Australia, 1788

John Shortland entered the navy in 1755. An experienced officer he was appointed naval agent to the First Fleet, responsible for overseeing the fulfilment of the contracts for transport, and in charge of the masters of all the ships. He attended to many details on Phillip's behalf and deserves much of the credit for the success of the voyage.

Shortland remained at Port Jackson until 14 July 1788, when he sailed for England on the Alexander. He carried Phillips first dispatches to the secretary of state, and made many charts of the islands and reefs on the return voyage via Batavia. He arrived in England in May 1789, and was promoted commander in 1790. After active service, he retired to Lille in France, where he died on 16 January 1803, and was survived by his wife Margaret Rutherford, and two sons.



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Commander John Shortland, Snr, RN [Crew "Supply" 1788]'s Timeline

Plymouth, Devon, England
Age 26
Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
Age 28
Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
September 5, 1769
Age 30
England, United Kingdom
May 10, 1771
Age 32
Hampshire, England
January 16, 1803
Age 64