White, John

Naval surgeon and naturalist who arrived in Sydney with the First Fleet.

Milestone
Born
England
1756
Arrived Sydney
26 Jan 1788
Departed Sydney
Daedalus
17 Dec 1794
Died
Worthing, England
20 Feb 1832
Occupation
Position
1787 - 1788
1790
Property
Owned
Relationship
Spouse
1793 - 1796

The colonial observations of Surgeon John White

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2016

Surgeon John White, an officer of the First Fleet, was responsible for the health of the infant penal colony. His journal, and those of his contemporaries, reveals that food shortages were a serious problem for colonial officials, convicts and Aboriginal people. While there was some early collaboration between Aboriginal people and colonists regarding food, tensions escalated into violent incidents and an unknown number of fatalities. White, however, offered care to all the residents of Port Jackson, including Nanbaree, who White took to England.