White, John


M.A. and M.D. 10.3.1797 on testimonials signed by W. Buchan M.D. and S. de Leon M.D., London.


Born c. 1756 in Ireland probably near Letterbreen, Co. Fermanagh [County Fermanagh], son of John White, farmer and [ ] Lendrum.


M.R.C.S.Eng. 1781.

Surgeon’s Mate, Royal Navy 1778. Surgeon 1786 and chief surgeon to expedition to establish a penal colony in Australia. There as Surgeon General to 1794. Resigned from Navy in 1796. Surgeon Sheerness 1799 - 1803. Chatham 1803-1820 (retired). [Doctor]

Published Journal of voyage to New South Wales(translated into German, Swedish and French).


Died at Worthing 20.2.1832.


  • Gentleman's Magazine 1832 I 286
  • United Service Journal I 431, 575
  • Dict. Aust. Biog.