William Dowling (d.1790)

One of St John’s First Fleeters, William Dowling was also the first adult male and the third person buried at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta overall. He had come to the Colony of New South Wales as a marine 6th (Plymouth) Company on the Lady Penrhyn (1788). He died at Rose Hill “of a flux and fever” according to John Easty and was buried on 4 May 1790. His grave is unmarked and its exact location within the cemetery is unknown.


  • Alternate: William Dowlan

Burial Location

  • Unmarked grave, location unknown, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta


  • Marine
  • Sawyer
  • Carpenter


  • Private Marine, 6th (Plymouth) Company, New South Wales Marine Corps, Lady Penrhyn (1788)


  • Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet, (Sydney: Library of Australian History, 1989), p.108.
  • Parish Burial Records, Textual Records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Ron Withington, Dispatched Downunder: Tracing the Resting Places of the First Fleeters, (Woolloomooloo, The Fellowship of First Fleeters, 2013), p.440.


# First Fleet

# Came Free

# Marine

# Ship: Lady Penrhyn (1788)

# Burial year: 1790

# Grave: unmarked