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Arnold Fisk

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Arnold Fisk was a mariner. He arrived in Australia on the L'Enterprise in 1802.(3)

In 1808 he was employed as First Mate on the brig Harrington when she was seized by convicts and by 1809 he was employed as Master of the vessel Favorite. He led an adventurous life sailing to Fiji and China in search of sandalwood. (2)

He was married to Mary Ann Bunker, daughter of Eber Bunker and later abandoned sea-faring and settled to life on the land in Hobart. He and Mary Ann produced a large family of ten children and later they experienced financial difficulties resulting in Fisk taking up an appointment as landing waiter and pilot at Newcastle in August 1828.(1)

In 1829 his large family were left destitute when he died suddenly in Newcastle. An appeal was made and despite the difficult financial times, hundreds of people from all over the colony contributed donations including livestock, to assist the family.(5) He was buried in Christ Church Cathedral burial grounds at Newcastle (4)

His duties as pilot were taken over by James Pawsey.

To find out more about Arnold Fisk read the fascinating and comprehensive biography of his life -  'Brought To This Distress'. The Life of Captain Arnold Fisk, A Colonial Loser. by M.D. Cobcroft, 1987

 

Notes & Links:

1). Success of the Whaling Industry

 

References:

1. Sydney Gazette 6 August 1828

2. Sydney Gazette 20 August 1809

3. Brought To This Distress'. The Life of Captain Arnold Fisk, A Colonial Loser. by M.D. Cobcroft, 1987

4.  Register Book of Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle p.8

5. Sydney Gazette 8 September 1829

 




 

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