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Peter Kenny (Pete) Hibbs (1800–1890)

A Hawkesbury resident named Pete [Peter] Hibbs passed away the other day at the Sentry Box Reach. He was verging on 90 years of age. His father was also 90 years old when he died. The father of the deceased claimed to be the second Englishman who set foot on Australian soil on April 28, 1770. He was one of the Endeavor's crew when Captain Cook sent off a boat from Botany Bay with Mr. Banks, afterwards Sir Joseph Banks, to explore the coast. Peter Hibbs was the next man to jump ashore after the distinguished naturalist. Some years after, when exploring the Hawkesbury, then the Venrubbin, Peter took a fancy to a piece of land near the lower Hawkesbury. It was granted to him by the Government, and he commenced his farming career. At his death Peter secundus took charge, but when death stepped in, he, like Lear, was at the mercy of the world.

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'Hibbs, Peter Kenny (Pete) (1800–1890)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 19 June 2024.

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2 June, 1800
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


19 April, 1890 (aged 89)
Portland Head, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

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