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Surgeon John Harris and his Family

by Familia Ulster Genealogical Review: No. 03, 1987


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By John Harris

"Surgeon John Harris was one of New South Wales' best known pioneers. Born in 1754 at his parents' farm, Moy McIlmurry, (Moymucklemurry) near Moneymore, Co. Londonderry, he trained for the medical profession at Edinburgh University and spent 10 years in the Royal Navy in India before joining the NSW Corps in 1789.

He arrived in the Colony in 1790 with the first detachment of the Corps and made a substantial contribution to the growing colony as a military surgeon, magistrate, public official and pioneer farmer.

By the time of his death in 1838 aged 84, he had built up a vast network of landholdings in New South Wales worth about £150,000 in the money of the day."

This article looks at Surgeon John Harris, a military surgeon, magistrate, public official, and pioneer farmer in New South Wales.