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John Limeburner (c. 1755–1847)

Joha Limeburner, the last of the first fleeters, as they are called in this Colony, died at Longbottom on Thursday week last, at the advanced age of 104 years. Poor old Jack retained his faculties to the last, and the day before his demise polished off two gills of Niech's pure Jamaica. He helped to pitch the first tent in Sydney, and pointed out the precise spot, the corner of Hunter and George streets, now occupied as a shop, and formerly known as the sign of the Crooked Billet public house. Jack remembered the British Flag being first hoisted in Sydney on a swamp oak-tree, which was placed in the spot, at the rear of Cadman's house, now occupied as the Water Police Court. The tree stood until the government of General Darling, when it was ordered to be cut down. A remnant of this tree is now in the possession of one of Australia's sons, who intends to deposit the relic in our Colonial Museum when erected.

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Alternative Names
  • Lymeburne, John
  • Limburner, John

c. 1755


2 September, 1847 (aged ~ 92)
Ashfield, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Convict Record

Crime: theft (house)
Sentence: death
Commuted To: 7 years
Court: Wiltshire
Trial Date: 9 July 1785