Watkin Tench, 1759?-1833

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Biographical note

Watkin Tench was a Marine officer in the First Fleet, establishing 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.

Tench was also a prisoner of the French in Brittany in 1794-95, and his Letters from revolutionary France provide a first-hand account of the French Revolution.

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