William Raven

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William Raven
Born October 1756
Died 14 August 1814
Nationality English
Known for landowner, merchant ship's master, shipowner, trader

William Raven (1756–1814) was an English master mariner, naval officer and merchant. He commanded the whaler Britannia and the naval store ship HMS Buffalo in Australian and New Zealand waters from 1792 until 1799.[1] While in command of the Britannia under contract to the British East India Company, he mapped the Loyality Islands of Maré, Lifou, Tiga and Ouvéa between August 1793 and May 1796.[2]

Raven was granted 100 acres (40 ha) of land in the vicinity of Tennyson Point, New South Wales in 1795, plus another 285 acres (115 ha) in 1799. The grant was known as Grove Farm. These Eastern Farms, now Kissing Point, properties were managed for him by the brewer James Squire[3] of Kissing Point until Squire's death in 1822. The tip of the peninsula into the Parramatta River at Tennyson Point is now called Raven Point.[4]


  1. ^ Parsons, Vivienne (1967). "Raven, William (1756–1814)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. 
  2. ^ Quanchi, Max (2005). Historical Dictionary of the Discovery and Exploration of the Pacific Islands. The Scarecrow Press. p. 215. ISBN 0810853957. 
  3. ^ ADB on Squire
  4. ^ Geoscience Australia Place Names Search