HALLER, JOHN FRIEDERICK (1808-1886), merchant and protagonist, was born on 5
April 1808 at Magdeburg, Prussia, where he lived until he went into business as a
merchant in London in 1829. He emigrated to Van Diemen's Land and reached Hobart
Town in the Hindoo in December 1840. He set up as a merchant on the old wharf and
later applied for letters of denization which Lieutenant-Governor Sir William
Denison was pleased to grant 'to so respectable a member of the community'.
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