Category Archives: First Fleet Ships Crew

HMS Sirius Ships Marines Jan 1788

List of Ship’s marines of HMS Sirius arriving in NSW Jan 1788 as per order in HMS Sirius Musters, 1786 – 1788, AJCP, Reel 6030, TNA (PRO), ADM 36/10978.

Proctor, William: Sergeant, Marines 11th Company. William was stranded on Norfolk Island in March 1790, as he was a member of HMS Sirius Marine accompaniment.

Gowen, John: Corporal, Marines 47th Company, John was sent to Norfolk Island aboard the Golden Grove Oct 1788. Continue reading HMS Sirius Ships Marines Jan 1788

David Bayne, Able Seaman, HMS Sirius 1788

David was born Dysert, Fife Scotland. He joined HMS Sirius 28 Oct 1786 at Deptford, aged 27 years. He was promoted to Quarter Gunner 6 Feb 1789. Spelling variations of his name include Bear, Bain, Baird and Bean.

David was stranded on Norfolk Island in Mar 1790 after the shipwreck of HMS Sirius, being mustered on 20 Mar 1790 on Norfolk Island after the shipwreck. He drowned while helping to unload provisions and passengers from the Justinian and the Surprize, on 17 Aug 1790 at Cascade Bay. Continue reading David Bayne, Able Seaman, HMS Sirius 1788

HM Supply Norfolk Island March 1790

HM Supply Norfolk Island March 1790 includes index of the ship’s muster for the voyage to and from Norfolk island in March 1790 and a full biography of the Marines, Convicts and Convict children sent to Norfolk Island on 5 March from Port Jackson and the next generation, in addition to the passengers of the return voyage to Port Jackson, including some crew of the late HMS Sirius.

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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 their burial name. Continue reading First Fleeters buried at Old Sydney Burial Ground

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 HMS Sirius: Her Final Voyage