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George Whittaker, Convict, Alexander 1788

George was tried at Maidstone, Kent, 17 March 1785 for assault and stealing, he received the sentence of death which commuted to 7 years transportation. He arrived in NSW aboard the Alexander 1788.

George married Mary Harrison (Convict, Lady Penrhyn 1788) as George Wittiker and Mary Harris 23 March 1788 Sydney. They both arrived on Norfolk Island aboard HMS Sirius in March 1790 with their daughter Hannah (born 1788 Sydney),

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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. Continue reading