Category Archives: First Fleeters Children

William Tunks – Tonks, Private, Royal Marines, HMS Sirius 1788

William Tonks was a private in the Royal Marines 26th (Portsmouth) Company who arrived in NSW aboard HMS Sirius 1788 as part of the ships marines. He was discharged to HQ Port Jackson  5 June 1789.

William Tunks was still aboard HMS Sirius travelling to the Cape of Good Hope from Port Jackson to obtain provision and supplies leaving the colony on 2 Oct 1788. The ship left the Cape of Good Hope in Jan 1789, returning to Port Jackson on 9 May 1789.

As William Tonks, private his name is recorded on the Return of Marines who have desired to be received as Settlers on Norfolk Island and sailed from Sydney aboard the Atlantic on 26 Oct 1791. He received a 60 acre grant near Philipsburg. Continue reading William Tunks – Tonks, Private, Royal Marines, HMS Sirius 1788

Ann Inett, Convict, Lady Penrhyn 1788

Ann Inett was born  1756 Grimley, Worcester, England. Trade: Dressmaker. Crime: Break, enter and steal 1 petticoat with force of arms. Tried: Worcester 11 Mar 1786. Sentence: Death commuted to 7 years transportation. Ann left behind in Worcestershire her two children (possible illegitimate) Thomas aged nine years and Constance, aged six years.

In the middle of February 1788, Lieutenant King of HMS Sirius, a master’s mate, and surgeon’s mate, with four other men from HMS Sirius, together with a few men and women convicts including Ann Inett, embarked on board HM Supply, and travelled to Norfolk Island, to established the settlement. Continue reading Ann Inett, Convict, Lady Penrhyn 1788

Mary Carter – McCarthy, Convict, Lady Juliana 1790

Mary Carter – McCarthy, Convict, Lady Juliana 1790 was sent to Norfolk Island aboard the Surprize in Aug 1790. On Norfolk Island she formed a relationship with First Fleeter Robert Nunn. He was born 1758. Crime: Steal 1 coat, silver, lace and two hat loops. Tried: Old Bailey, 7 July 1784. Sentence: 7 years transportation to America. Continue reading Mary Carter – McCarthy, Convict, Lady Juliana 1790

Robert Hall, NSW Corps, Scarborough 1790

Robert was born Feb 1770 Bristol, Somerset England, he enlisted into the NSW Corps in July 1789 in England, arriving in NSW the aboard Scarborough in 1790 with the rank of private.

He was promoted to Corporal in c1800. He most likely travelled to Norfolk Island aboard the Hunter in July 1800 with Joseph Foveaux NSW Corps Company. Robert held the rank of from as early as 1801 – 1804. He served on Norfolk Island for five years, returning to Sydney aboard the Union in March 1805. Continue reading Robert Hall, NSW Corps, Scarborough 1790