First Fleet Jewish Convicts

About 7% of the First Fleet convicts were Jewish, with the arrival of around 15 Jewish convicts on board the First Fleet in 1788, a rudimentary Jewish community was present from the beginning of European settlement in Sydney.[1]

  1. Henry Abrahams: went to Norfolk Island HM Supply, March 1789
  2. Daniel Daniels: went to Norfolk Island HMS Sirius, March 1790
  3. John Harris:   went to Norfolk Island before August 1793
  4. John Hart: went to Norfolk Island HM Supply, March 1789
  5. David Jacobs:  went to Norfolk Island HMS Sirius, March 1790
  6. Joseph Levy
  7. Peter Opley: went to Norfolk Island HMS Sirius, March 1790
  8. Esther Abrahams: went to Norfolk Island HM Supply, March 1790
  9. Rosanna Abrahams: went to Norfolk Island HM Supply, March 1790
  10. Sarah Burdo
  11. Rebecca Davison: went to Norfolk Island HM Supply, March 1789
  12. Frances Hart: went to Norfolk Island HM Supply, March 1789
  13. Flora Larah: went to Norfolk Island HM Supply, November 1789
  14. Amelia Levy: went to Norfolk Island HMS Sirius, March 1790
  15. Leah (Mary) Levy

[1] JS Levi and GFJ Bergman, Australian Genesis: Jewish Convicts and Settlers, 1788-1850, 2nd edition, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2002 (first published 1974).

cemetery at Norfolk island

First Fleet Headstone identified on Norfolk Island

Norfolk island HeadstoneAfter reviewing a mystery headstone at Norfolk Island cemetery for many years, and in 2015 with additional photography taken by Woodman Photography (Phil and Bev) during the Norfolk Island History Lovers tour.

William Francis d1804The headstone has now been identified to be that of First Fleeter William Francis, Convict Alexander 1788, who died 21 January 1804.

The headstone is a crude 1st settlement headstone, featuring very much degrading stone and markings, on located near the bottom entrance to cemetery.

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