John McCARTHY – McCARTY Born c1758 Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland. Private, Marines 21st Company, Friendship 1788. He served with Captain Campbell’s Company with the Port Jackson garrison.
In Sydney he formed a relationship with Ann BEARDSLEY. Convict, Charlotte 1788. Ann was originally on the Friendship, she was transferred to the Charlotte whilst in port at Rio de Janeiro on August 1878 during the voyage to NSW. Their daughter Harriett was baptised in Sydney in Mar 1789. Ann arrived on Norfolk Island aboard HMS Sirius in Mar 1790, as Ann Bezley, with her was her daughter Harriett Bezley.
John was discharged from the Marines in Oct 1791, he travelled back to Norfolk Island aboard the Atlantic in Nov 1791. John and Ann were one of the many couples married by Reverend Richard Johnson, in Nov 1791 on Norfolk Island.
John McCarthy as an ex-Soldier, on 29 Nov 1791 was granted 60 acres of land on Norfolk Island, being Lot 71. In Jan 1797 James Reilly brought 20 acres of an original 60 acre grant of Lot 71 for £19 from John McCarty which today is located on the intersection of Rocky Point Road and Bumbora Roads. Patrick Connell, Marine, Carpenter was granted 60 acres of land, being Lot 75 on 29 Oct 1791. This land was purchased by Thomas Hibbins 19 Feb 1796. He sold 20 acres to John McCarty, who sold the 20 acres to Rum John Conn on 16 July 1803. Today this land is located at the south western area of the airport strip along New Farm Road on Norfolk Island.
In May 1794, John McCarthy was employing freemen, William Connolly and John Emerson as labourers. Ann Bazeley was on rations until 1794 on Norfolk Island and in June 1794 Ann Beazley was recorded as free, married with only two children, off stores supported by John McCarthy, settler. It seems that Ann died on Norfolk Island sometime between 1795 and 1802.
As John McCarty he joined the NSW Corps on Norfolk Island on 23 Dec 1801. 1802 – 1806: John McCarty, private NSW Corps on Norfolk Island.
John McCarthy departed Norfolk Island in Sept 1808, via Sydney, for Tasmania aboard the City of Edinburgh. John McCarty settled in district of Melville in Tasmania.
John moved to Melbourne in 1839 to live with his granddaughter Ann Budd. John died 24 July 1846 Kinlowchewe, Victoria. His death notice appeared in the Melbourne Argus, 28 July 1846:
A First-fleeter: We have to-day to record the now unusual occurrence of the death of “a First-fleeter,” an old man named McCarthy, upwards of 100 years of age, who arrived in the colony in the capacity of a sergeant of marines, with the first detachment sent out from England, for the purpose of establishing a settlement at Botany Bay. McCarthy removed from Sydney to Norfolk Island on the formation of a settlement there, and on its being broken up he accompanied the other settlers to Van Diemen’s Land, and had, consequently, the rare distinction of being among the first settlers of both colonies. The old man passed his 100th year at Christmas last, but up to the time of his death he betrayed few of the failings of age, being able to read the smallest print without the use of spectacles, and retaining the full possession of his faculties until within ten minutes of his death, which did not take him by surprise, for he remarked, ongoing to his bed a short time before, that he was going to lie down and die. McCarthy died on Friday last, at the residence of Mr. W. H. Budd, Kinlochewe, who married his great granddaughter, and with whom he has been living for nearly eight years.
 Return of Marines who have desired to be received as Settlers on Norfolk Island and sailed from Sydney the 26th October 1791, HRA, Series 1, Vol. 1, p.306.
 SRNSW Colonial Secretary’s Papers 1788-1828, Fiche 3267; 9/2731 pp.60, 67 – 69
 Freemen off the Stores, 25 May 1794 Norfolk Island and Women off the Stores 16 June 1794 Norfolk Island, AJCP PRO CO/201/10, pp. 197 – 200.
- Marines Friendship 1788
- Captain Campbell’s Company: Port Jackson Marines 1788
- Some land grants of 1791 Parramatta NSW and Norfolk Island
- 1791 Marriages of Rev. Johnson on Norfolk island
- NSW Corps 1802 Norfolk Island
- NSW Corps 1804 Norfolk Island
- includes extracts from HMS Sirius: Her Final Voyage