Watkin Tench
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Watkin Tench

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Personal information
Birth date, 6 November 1758
Place of birthChester, county of Cheshire, England
Date of death, 7 May 1833(age 7)
Death placeDevonport, England
OccupationBritish Marine officer
SpouseAnna Maria Sargeant
ParentsFisher Tench

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Lieutenant-General Watkin Tench (6 November 1758 - 7 May 1833) was a British Marine officer who is best known for publishing two books describing his experiences in the First Fleet, which established the first settlement in Australia in 1788. His two accounts, "Narrative of the Expedition to Botany Bay" and "Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson" provide a fascinating and entertaining account of the arrival and first four years of the colony. Little is known of Tench apart from what he writes in his three books and his service record.

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