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Alexander Berry (30 November 1781- 17 September 1873) was a Scottish born surgeon, merchant and explorer who in 1822 was given a land grant of 10,000 acres (40 km²) and 100 convicts to establish the first European settlement on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia. This settlement became known as the Coolangatta Estate and later developed in what is now the town of Berry, named in honour of Alexander and his brother David. Berry was born, to parents James and Isabel, at Hilltarvit Mains farmhouse, near Cupar in Fife, Scotland during a blinding snow storm on the evening of 30 November 1781 (St Andrew\s Day). He was educated at Cupar Grammar school, where he was a contemporary of the artist Sir David Wilkie, and studied medicine at St Andrews University and the University of Edinburgh before he became a surgeon\s mate for the East India Company. He decided to quit this

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