CHRISTOPHER PALMER is one of seventeen First Fleeters with memorials buried at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta and one of over fifty buried in St. John’s parish overall. Like his brother JOHN PALMER, CHRISTOPHER arrived in the colony on board the First Fleet ship HMS Sirius (1788). CHRISTOPHER did so as a civilian servant to ANDREW MILLER and later served as an Able Seaman and Purser. A stroke saw CHRISTOPHER PALMER lose the use of his limbs for the last twelve years of his life, during which his brother JOHN PALMER cared for him. The Palmer brothers now lie in the Palmer and Campbell family burial plot at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta.
- Section 1, Row N, No. 14 at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta
- Son of JOHN PALMER (I), shipwright
- Son of SARAH PALMER (née SARAH TAYLOR)
- Brother of JOHN PALMER (II)
- Brother of SOPHIA PALMER (a.k.a SOPHIA CAMPBELL)
- Brother-in-law of ROBERT CAMPBELL
By David Morgan
Abstract: Christopher Palmer arrived in New South Wales as a civilian in 1788, accompanying his brother John Palmer (1760–1833), purser of HMS Sirius. Christopher soon began his own naval career, returning to England and serving on a series of ships, also becoming a purser. But he would be dogged by ill health while being pursued for decades by the Crown over a claimed debt, spending his last years cared for by his brother. more>>
- Parish Burial Registers, Textual Records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.
- “Family Notices,” The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 – 1842), Saturday 7 April 1821, p. 3. Retrieved December 29, 2018 from National Library of Australia http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2180185.
- Judith Dunn, The Parramatta Cemeteries: St. John’s, (Parramatta, NSW: Parramatta and District Historical Society, 1991), p. 78.
- “PALMER, Christopher (1767–1821),” in Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet, (Sydney: Library of Australian History, 1989), p. 272.
# Able Seaman
# Grave: marked