New findings and research on First Fleet Marines 1788

A contemporary project of the First Fleet marines is currently re-checking all the marines arrival ship with primary evidence, in addition too  identified or verified all marines and the ships marines of HMS Sirius and HM Supply by all primary records.

A master database of First Fleet Marines has been created, rather  than use any existing list a particular point was made of deriving a fresh listing only from only primary source material, each name being carefully cross checked.

Report on previously unrecognised First Fleet Marines. So far the project has discovered the existence of:

  1.  James Daniel, Drummeraboard the Alexander, who died on the voyage.
  2. Charles Reynolds (2) Marine private aboard an unknown ship 1788

Download report: A Report on previously unrecognised First Fleet Marines by Glen Lambert, Jul 2017. Contact Glen by email

In HMS Sirius: Her Final Voyage for Charles Reynolds (1) we wrote:
Charles Reynolds, HMS Sirius 1788. Drummer, Royal Marines 63rd Company. He joined HMS Sirius marine complement on 24 Feb 1787. Charles was stranded on Norfolk Island in Mar 1790, as he was a member of HMS Sirius Marine accompaniment, and mustered on 20 Mar 1790 on Norfolk Island after the shipwreck. He was sent back to Sydney Cove aboard HM Supply, embarking 24 Mar 1790 on Norfolk Island, disembarking 11 Apr 1790 at Port Jackson. Charles was discharged from HMS Sirius books on 12 Mar 1791, and worked as a carpenter; he left the colony, aboard HMS Gorgon, bound for England in Dec 1791.

Postscript: worked as a carpenter, which is now most likely incorrect due to the fact of the two Charles Reynolds in the Colony at the same time. See above: A Report on previously unrecognised First Fleet Marines.

Editors Notes: The discovery of both James Daniel (Drummer) and Charles Reynolds (2) neither of whom are noted in Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet, Library of Australian History, Sydney, 1989, is a credit to family historian Glen Lambert, reflecting that more ongoing research is required on the early colony days of NSW.

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