It is always a challenge to trace when your ancestors first arrived in Australia. My research has
led me back to the first and second fleets to both convicts and members of the Marines and
NSW Corps. Other ancestors arrived as either 'assisted' or 'unassisted' immigrants during the
1840s and later. The following is a brief overview of what I have discovered during my research
in my family and that of my husband.
Michael Murphy a private in the 41st Portsmouth Co. He arrived in NSW on 26th January
1788 aboard the Sirius.
Second Fleet: -1790
Theophilus Feutrill a private in the 102nd Regiment, NSW Corp. He arrived in NSW on 28th
June 1790 aboard the Neptune.
Ann Carey a convict, transported to NSW also aboard the Neptune 1790.
Other Convicts: - From 1801
Hannah [Ann] Williams, a convict, wife of Michael Murphy, transported to NSW aboard the Nile
William Smith a convict, transported to Van Damiens Land aboard the Bengal Merchant in
Ellen Donovan a convict, transported to Van Damiens Land aboard the Hector in 1835
Frederick Pointon: a convict from Hertfordshire arrived in Tasmania on the Sarah (2) on 29th
Patrick Callan: a convict from County Armagh, Irleand arrived aboard the convict ship Pekoe in
Louisa Wright: a convict from London arrived in Tasmania on the Garland Grove on 20th
Assisted Immigrants: - The Bounty and Other Schemes
Thomas and Mary Higgins left Ireland and travelled to Australia on the Albatross arriving on
the 30th November 1841
Peter and Hannah Hickson [Higson] left Bolton Le Moors Lancashire, England and travelled to
Australia on the Agnes arriving 13th February 1842
John and Catherine Glennan: Assisted Immigrants from Kildare Ireland arrived in Sydney on
the Anne Milne on 17th January 1842
George and Ann Burgess, left Somerset England and arrived in Launceston Tasmania aboard
the Royal Saxon on 22nd November 1844
Joseph and Susan Woodcroft: Assisted Immigrants from Hawnes [Haynes] Bedfordshire
arrived in Sydney aboard the Equestrian on 16th July 1848
Elizabeth Callan/Cullen: daughter of Patrick arrived with her mother and brothers aboard the
Success in 1849.
Samuel and Mary Ann Finnamore, arrived in Australia aboard the Agenoria in 1849, with
daughter Mary Jane.
John and Mary Gavin: Assisted Immigrants arrived in Tasmania on the Duchess of
Northumberland on th December 1854
Martin Engelmann: Assisted Immigrant from Germany arrived in Sydney with his parents
aboard the Catteaux Wattel on 9th March 1855
Benjamin and Mary Ann Betts left Somerset, England and arrived in Launceston Tasmania
aboard the Whilrwind on 31st March 1855
Martin and Mary Maher, left Ireland and arrived in Sydney aboard the Eliza, in 1855.
William Houlihan, left Ireland and arrived alone in Australia aboard the St Hilda in 1865. His
wife and daughter followed seven years later.
George Joseph Sheppard: Private 99th Regiment, arrived in Australia [probably Tasmania] in
October 1847, ship unknown but probably as part of the guard aboard the convict ship
Thomas and Susan Fowler: from London arrived in South Australia aboard the Grecian in
October 1850. The ship ran aground on arrival.
Anson Hammond Bartlett, from Massachuesetts on the bark, Theoxena, arriving in Melbourne
John Triggs Thomas and wife Jane Ann Gregory arrived aboard the Queen of the South on
4th July 1854
Alice Margaret Houlihan [nee Dowling] left Ireland and travelled to Australia aboard the City
of Agra with daughter Mary, in July 1872, to be reunited with her husband William, who had
arrived seven years earlier.
George and Lina Tune and their children left Lincolnshire, England and arrived in Australia
aboard the Ellora, in December 1886
Hannah Williams, wife of Anson Bartlett, arrived shortly before her marriage in February 1861,
born Isle of Anglesey, Wales.
Matilda Sheppard, nee Vernum wife of George Joseph Sheppard, born Bristol, Gloucester,
England, arrived between 1851 and 1852 with daughter Matilda Ann Sheppard. Husband
George, a soldier with the 99th Regiment arrived in advance of his wife and family.
David Wardell from Yorkshire arrived in Victoria between 1851 and 1854
Mary O'Neill [Maguire] from Limerick Ireland arrived prior to 1854, possibly with her first
husband Thomas Maguire.
And Those Who Left:
Henry Thomas, my Great Grandfather, left Australia for New Zealand and settled in Queens
Street, Hastings, Hawkes Bay, near Napier.
George Joseph Sheppard and Matilda Vernum: Returned to Bristol, England via NZ some time
Coming to Australia