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Waterhouse, Henry
1770-1812. Was an officer on HMS 'Sirius' of the First Fleet to Australia in 1788. Served with Flinders on HMS 'Bellerophon' in the 1794 battle, the 'Glorious First of June'. Was commander of HMS 'Reliance' with Flinders as master's mate in the 1795 voyage to New South Wales. Purchased pure merino sheep at Cape of Good Hope and brought them to Australia. George Bass (surgeon on 'Reliance' and fellow explorer with Flinders) married his sister Elizabeth Waterhouse in 1800. Died in 1812.

Westall, William
Landscape artist on HMS 'Investigator'. (For additional information see the essay Flinders and the voyage of the 'Investigator' in the 'About Flinders' section of this site. Two of his paintings from the voyage can also be viewed via the About Flinders section of this website.)

Whidbey (Whidby), Joseph
Master of Captain George Vancouver's ship HMS 'Discovery' during the latter's voyages of discovery. Later became Master Attendant at Sheerness. Assisted Flinders with the provisioning of stores for the 'Investigator'.

Wilberforce, William
1759-1833. British politician and philanthropist who was prominent in the abolition of the slave trade.

Wiles, James
Naturalist, HMS 'Providence' - Bligh's second breadfruit expedition in 1791.

Williams, Thomas
Captain. Married Jane Austen's cousin Jane Cooper. Austen's brother Charles was a midshipman with Williams on the frigate 'Unicorn' in the 1790s.

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