Hunter, John, naval officer, navigator, and statesman, was born in 1738. He entered the navy in 1754. He served as master of Howe's flagship during the American War. In 1786 he was appointed second captain of the Sirius, for the expedition to establish a colony in New South Wales.
Hunter weis made Governor of New South Wales in 1795, and remained in New South Weeles until 1801. He died a vice-admiral in 1820.