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Forby Sutherland

Forby Sutherland memorial at Sutherland Point, AustraliaOn 29 April 1770, Captain James Cook landed at Inscription Point in Australia where his ship HM Bark Endeavour lay at anchor for eight days.

During this time one of the crew, Forby Sutherland, died of tuberculosis.

Sutherland was born in Orphir and was an able seaman and the ship’s poulterer. This was the name given to men who prepared game birds for the table.

He died on the evening of 30 April, aged 29, and the following morning he was buried on the shore.

Captain Cook named the area Sutherland Point after him.

He was the first British subject to die in Australia.