The History of Leith

March 22, 2007

John Hunter (New South Wales)


Captain John Hunter (1737to 1821) was a British naval officer and colonial administrator who succeeded Arthur Phillip as the second governor of New South Wales, Australia from 1795 to 1800.

Hunter was born in Leith, Scotland in 1737. He first arrived in New South Wales with the First Fleet. As with many of the First Fleet officers, he had fought in the American Revolutionary War (1775 to 1783). He was second-in-command on HMS Sirius as second captain. The captain of that ship, Arthur Phillip, was in command of the new colony of New South Wales. Hunter carried a dormant commission as successor to Phillip if he should have died. for more click here

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