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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

Samuel Marsden, NSW Corps, Surprize 1790

Samuel Marsden was born 1769 England. He arrived in NSW aboard the Surprize 1790. He first travelled to Norfolk Island aboard the Supply in Apr 1791, returning to Sydney and was again travelling to Norfolk island aboard the Kitty in Feb 1793.

On Norfolk Island he formed a relationship with Rachael Early (Convict Friendship 1788). Rachael Early had married John Price, Convict Alexander 1788, on 1 June 1788 St Phillips Sydney. There were no children from the union. They were both sent to Norfolk Island aboard the Golden Grove in Oct 1788, and were living at Queensborough on Norfolk Island.

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James Townson – Townsend, Convict, Scarborough 1790

James received the sentence of transportation for life, in July 1789 at Winchester, Hampshire, he arrived in NSW aboard the Scarborough in 1790.

As James Townsend he married Ann Haynes (Convict Pitt 1792), 13 May 1792 at St Johns Parramatta. He enlisted into the NSW Corps in July 1798 in Sydney; he arrived on Norfolk Island possible sometime in 1801. In 1804 on Norfolk island he held the rank of Drummer. Continue reading James Townson – Townsend, Convict, Scarborough 1790

John Roberts, NSW Corps, Britannia 1791

John was born 1770, Marlow Buckingham England, he enlisted into the NSW Corps in Jun 1789 England; arriving in NSW aboard the Britannia in 1791.

At some stage he went to Norfolk Island, returning aboard HMS Reliance arriving in Sydney Mar 1796. He formed a relationship with Sarah WISE, Convict, Indispensible, 1796. Their first child was born Mar 1797 in Sydney, Continue reading John Roberts, NSW Corps, Britannia 1791

William Spears, NSW Corps, Earl Cornwallis 1801

William SPEARS – SPEERS, born Somerset England, he arrived in NSW as a private with the NSW Corps aboard the Earl Cornwallis in 1801. In Sydney he had common law relationship with Sarah Robinson (convict Earl Cornwallis 1801), they had two children.

He was assigned to Norfolk Island arriving aboard HMS Buffalo in May 1803 as a private in the NSW Corps, Sarah Robinson remained in Sydney. Also aboard HMS Buffalo was his future wife Mary How/e, who had been with William Coleman of the NSW Corps. Both William Spears and Mary How/e arrived in NSW aboard the Minerva in 1800.  She gave birth to birth to a son James How in Mar 1804, with William Spears recorded at the father. Continue reading William Spears, NSW Corps, Earl Cornwallis 1801