On Sunday 10 Feb 1788 five couples (all convicts) were marriage by Rev. Johnson at Sydney Cove:
- William Parr – Mary MacCormack
- Simon Burn – Francis Anderson
- Henry Cable – Susannah Holmes
- William Haynes – Hannah Green
- William Bryant – Mary Brand
David Collins wrote in Jan 1788: It was soon observed with satisfaction, that several couples were announced for marriage; but on strictly scrutinizing into the motive, it was found in several instances to originate in an idea, that the married people would meet with various little comforts and privileges that were denied to those in a single state; and some, on not finding those expectations realised, repented, wished and actually applied to be restored to their former situations; so ignorant and thoughtless were they in general. It was however to be wished, that matrimonial connexions should be promoted among them; and none who applied were ever rejected, except when it was clearly understood that either of the parties had a wife or husband living at the time of their leaving England.
Ralph Clark wrote: “Munday 11 – Several of the convicts were married Yesterday and amonst them that were have left wives and familes at home —— a good God what a Seen of Whordome is going on there in the womans camp – no Sooner has one man gone in with a woman but a nother goes in with her”