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Sir George Jackson

Sir George Jackson (born in 1725, died December 15, 1822 aged 97) was a friend and patron of Captain James Cook. Cook named Port Jackson in New South Wales and Point Jackson in New Zealand after him.

In 1788, when Captain Arthur Phillip established the first colony inside Port Jackson, he reported that "..we had the satisfaction of finding the finest harbour in the world, in which a thousand sail of the line may ride in the most perfect security..."

Pyrmont is part of the Port Jackson electorate named for Sir George. This electorate covers suburbs with unique local histories and heritage buildings, notably Jacksons Landing on Pyrmont's  point.

Sir George Jackson began his illustrious naval career in 1743 and rose rapidly through the ranks to be a famous sea captains and explorer. He became both Judge Advocate to the Fleet and Secretary of the Admiralty by 1766.  He also served as a Member of Parliament for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis (1762-68) and for Colchester (1790-96.) In 1791 he was knighted.

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