The story of the illegitimate son of a convict woman. Born in Parramatta in 1791, he went to sea at thirteen years of age, destined to become the first Australian born master mariner, a trader, explorer, and entrepreneur.
Moving to Hobart Town in 1814, he continued his whaling and sealing adventures, including an epic circumnavigation of Van Diemen＊s Land in 1815/16 at twenty-five years of age in an open thirty-foot, five oared whaling boat.
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The Remarkable Captain James Kelly of Van Diemen's Land