NEPEAN FAMILY: EVAN (1752-1822), civil servant, and NICHOLAS (1757-1823), marine
and army officer, were the sons of Nicholas Nepean of Saltash, Cornwall, England.
Evan entered the navy as a clerk and served as a purser in ships on the American
coast during the rebellion of the American colonies. In 1782 he was appointed
secretary to Lord Shuldham, port-admiral at Plymouth, and later that year became
under-secretary of state in the Home Department. In this post he was concerned in
the arrangements for the dispatch of the First Fleet and the administration of the
newly established penal colony in New South Wales during its early years. In 1795
he was appointed secretary of the Admiralty, possibly through the influence of
Admiral Sir John Jervis. He was created a baronet in 1804 and was a lord of the
Admiralty in 1804-06. After six years out of office he was governor of Bombay in
1812-19 and died at Loders, Dorset, on 2 October 1822. He is remembered by Point
Nepean, Victoria, and the Nepean River, New South Wales.
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