New findings and research on First Fleet Marines 1788

A contemporary project of the First Fleet marines is currently re-checking all the marines arrival ship with primary evidence, in addition too  identified or verified all marines and the ships marines of HMS Sirius and HM Supply by all primary records.

A master database of First Fleet Marines has been created, rather  than use any existing list a particular point was made of deriving a fresh listing only from only primary source material, each name being carefully cross checked.

Report on previously unrecognised First Fleet Marines. So far the project has discovered the existence of:

  1.  James Daniel, Drummeraboard the Alexander, who died on the voyage.
  2. Charles Reynolds (2) Marine private aboard an unknown ship 1788

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William Saltmarsh, Convict, Alexander 1788

William Saltmarsh was born c1770. He was charged with stealing five handkerchiefs, tried at Kingston, Surrey on 28 Mar 1785, found guilty and sentenced to 7 years transportation. He arrived in NSW aboard the Alexander 1788. Continue reading William Saltmarsh, Convict, Alexander 1788

Robert Stephens, Marine, Friendship, 1788 and Elizabeth Hippesley Convict, Lady Penrhyn 1788

Robert Stephens was born c1762 in Devon, he was a Private of the  Marines 30th (Portsmouth) Company, arrived in NSW aboard the Friendship 1788, he was assigned to Captain Shea’s Company Port Jackson Garrison and was sent to Norfolk Island aboard HM Supply in June 1789.

On Norfolk Island he formed a relationship with Elizabeth Hippesley, they were one of the many couples married by Reverend Richard Johnson, in Nov 1791 on Norfolk Island. Continue reading Robert Stephens, Marine, Friendship, 1788 and Elizabeth Hippesley Convict, Lady Penrhyn 1788