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a former lieutenant and surgeon's mate in the militia, sailed as a volunteer surgeon on the Lady Penhryn, looking after the women convicts, and when he fell sick at the Cape of Good Hope, Surgeon Bowes took over his duties. In February 1788 he accompanied the King with the first Norfolk Island settlers. During his three year stay in the colony, Altree received only 12 pounds in compension, and Governor Phillip wrote on his behalf to ask that he be given consideration when he returned to England. Altree sailed on the Dutch brig, Waaksembeyd, in March 1791.

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