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.

March 2015 marked the 225th Anniversary of the shipwreck on 19 March 1790, and the release of  “HMS Sirius: Her Final Voyage“, with  historian Cathy Dunn in this writing and new research.


HMS Sirius: Her Final Voyage features the story of HMS Sirius shipwreck and stranded crew, plus the first two generations of convicts and marines, their life on Norfolk Island, NSW and Tasmania in the early colony days, land grants, shipping and much more.

CDRom: HMS Sirius: Her Final Voyage.

  • $40.00 includes postage.
  • Postal orders to PO Box 52 Milton NSW 2538

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