Christopher Palmer (c.1767–1821)

Christopher Palmer is one of 17 First Fleeters with memorials buried at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta. 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 12 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.

Burial Location

  • Section I, Row N, No.14 at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta



  • Judith Dunn, The Parramatta Cemeteries: St. John’s, (Parramatta, NSW: Parramatta and District Historical Society, 1991).
  • Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet, (Sydney: Library of Australian History, 1989).
  • Parish Burial Records, Textual Records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.


# First Fleet

# Came Free

# Able Seaman

# Ship: HMS Sirius (1788)

# Burial year: 1821

# Grave: marked