First Fleeters buried at Old Sydney Burial Ground

The Old Sydney Burial Ground was originally a garden belonging to Captain Shea of the marines, now occupied by the Sydney Town Hall was used for burials from September 1792 to the end Jan 1820.  Below is a list of the First Fleeters buried at the Old Sydney Burial Ground with women recorded by the burial name. Continue reading

sirius norfolk island

HMS Sirius: Her Final Voyage

HMS Sirius brought no convicts to the colony in 1788 but did transport  on the voyage to Norfolk Island in March 1790

  • 96 convict men
  • 65 convict women
  • 24 children of convict women
  • 39 members of a detachment of the Port Jackson Garrison, including four marine’s wives, one marine child and three civil appointments.
  • 100 crew members

19 March 1790 12noon HMS Sirius shipwrecked on ‪#‎norfolkisland‬, there were no convicts aboard, the crew were able get one boat alongside, and send safely ashore Captain Cook’s timepiece and two marines wives, pregnant Maria Nash and Margaret Gilbourne. Captain Hunter then ordered the mast to be cut away by cutting the lanyards and rigging. Continue reading