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James Squire (1754–1822)

Deaths – On Thursday evening last, at Kissing Point, after an illness of about three months, Mr. James Squire, in his 68th year. As one of the primary inhabitants of the Colony, having come hither in the first fleet in 1788, none ever more exerted himself for the benefit of the inhabitants than the deceased. He was the first that brought hops to any perfection, and hence was enabled to brew beer of an excellent quality. "Squire's beer" was well known. He might for long residence, be styled the Patriarch of Kissing Point; as he had lived, where he died, 26 years. The "OLD HANDS," by the frequent visitation of death, are becoming thinned in their ranks; this should lead to reflection, for the day will soon arrive when even those, now living, shall cease to say, "I came in the first fleet."

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Alternative Names
  • Squires, James

London, Middlesex, England


16 May, 1822 (aged ~ 68)
Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years