After 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.
The headstone has now been identified to be that of First Fleeter William Francis, Convict Alexander 1788, who died 21 Jan 1804.
The headstone is a crude 1st settlement headstone, featuring very much degrading stone and markings, located near the bottom entrance to cemetery down at Kingston.
William Francis – Crime: Highway Robbery and Assault. Tried: Old Bailey London, 14 Dec 1785. Sentence: Death commuted to 14 years. The Proceedings of the Old Bailey Ref: t17851214-46
William sent to Norfolk Island on Oct 1788 aboard the Golden Grove. He became a ringleader in a plot to overthrow the Governor and escape on the first ship to arrive. He was described as “in every respect a worthless, troublesome wretch’. William was held in light irons until sent to Port Jackson aboard HM Supply on 10 Mar 1789, for trial over the plot.
William died 21 Jan 1804 Norfolk Island and his burial is listed in the Rev Fulton burial records.
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