List of Norfolk Islanders

List of Norfolk Islanders who sailed from Norfolk Island to VDL 1807-1813

The list of passengers who arrived on the seven ships from Norfolk Island to VDL between 1807 and 1813 came to my attention when I began researching for the story of James Jordan and his family.  Finding these records in a deploring condition I decided to transcribe them and place them in alphabetical order under the names of each ship.[1]

Only the head of the family was named, the wives and children were only recorded with a tick for the wives and the amount of children. Some women were named as they had come on their own. This bothered me as I knew there were many who were first, second and third fleeters amongst the women and needed to be recorded. This was when I began recording the profiles of those who came on the Lady Nelson and the Porpoise with the help of my co-worker Thelma McKay.[2] Because of the time these two ships took we knew we were never going to have the time to research them all. Since then there has been a long list of books written by the descendants of these forgotten people and their families.

Reg Wright in his book The Forgotten Generation of Norfolk Island and Van Diemen’s Land, published in 1986, record a similar list from the NSW records.[3] The NSW list differs slightly from the VDL ones with a few extra names found on the victualling list.  The Forgotten Generation opened up a wealth of previously not recorded material, allowing researches and family historians to access their ancestors. This period had until then been neglected by historians and writers alike. Why this was so is difficult to know. It could have been because most of them were ex-convicts and not perceived as being worthy of recording, if so they misses a wealth of interesting history of these early pioneers.

Most of the Norfolk Islands who were to find themselves once again being uprooted from their homes, had been on the island for nearly 26 years. They had gained their freedom, tilled the soil, built their houses, married and had families. A few military men had done the same. At first they did not wish to go to this new place called Van Diemen’s Land, all they knew about it was it was an island for convicts and that the virgin soil would have to be tilled, to enable them to plant their crops.

Many of the men were past their prime and farm labour was something they were not wish to have to do again at this time of their life. Historians, when they did refer to this group of people brushed them off as being a drunken lot of lazy men who sold their land for a bottle of rum. I have not found this to be true in my studies, a few of cause fell by the wayside and disappeared from the scene, but most of those who settled both the south and north of VDL were to become well respected in their new land.

I believe that their arrival could not have come at a better time. The settlement at Hobart Town was in a sad state, food and clothing were short and the first couple of years crops had failed.

The families that had arrived with Lt. Col. Collins in 1804 continued to grow but at a very slow rate and free arrival had not yet began to arrive in any number. Without the new blood from the Norflk Islanders the small settlement of Hobart Town would have taken many years to populate and make a difference to the island population.   By the records is seems that the settlement was going backwards, births and marriages were declining not increasing as the following will show. Certainly deaths far outnumbered the births well up to 1811.

Tasmanian Baptisms and Marriages on the Pioneer Index 1804 – 1815 (approx)
1804 Baptisms 4 Marriages 5 Burials 31
1805 Baptisms 3 Marriages 3 Burials 6
1806 Baptisms 4 Marriages 1 Burials 3
1807 Baptisms 2 Marriages 4 Burials 5
1808 Baptisms 1 Marriages 19 Burials 13
1809 Baptisms 4 Marriages 11 Burials 13
1810 Baptisms 5 Marriages 17 Burials 11
1811 Baptisms 6 Marriages 31 Burials 15
1812 Baptisms 12 Marriages 27    
1813 Baptisms 12 Marriages 13    
1814 Baptisms 142 Marriages 33    
1815 Baptisms 149 Marriages 30    

Not all of these can be credited to the Norfolk Islanders but a large majority were from the Norfolk Islander’s intermarrying as well as marrying those who had arrived with Lt. Col Collins in 1804, mingled with a few from England and Sydney during those years between 1808 and 1815

Before 1807 when the Norfolk Islanders began to arrive the birth and marriage rate was declining and I believe would have continued to do so if it was not for their arrival.

Books that changed the outlook of the Norfolk Islanders:
Reg Wright - Forgotten Generations 0f NI & VDL. 1986
Irene Schaffer - Embarkations of Norfolk Islanders to VDL. 1986
Schaffer & McKay - Profiles of Norfolk Islanders to VDL, Lady Nelson. 1987
Raymond Nobbs - NI and Its First Settlement 1788-1814. 1988
Carol Baxter - Musters of NSW & NI 1804  - 1811. 1988
Mollie Gillen - Founders of Australia. 1989
Schaffer & McKay - Profiles of Norfolk Islanders to VDL, Porpoise I&II. 1991
Schaffer & McKay - Exiled Three Times Over. 1992
Irene Schaffer - Land Musters and Stock Lists 1803-1822. 1992
Michael Flynn - The Second Fleet.  1993

SURNAMEFIRST NAMESHIPYEAR
ABLE William Porpoise 1808
ATKINS William Estramina 1808
BABY Samuel Minstrel 1813
BAKER Samuel Minstrel 1813
BANE Ben Lady Nelson 1808
BARNES John Porpoise 1808
BARRY John Porpoise 1808
BASTIAN   Lady Nelson 1808
BATELY John City of Edinburgh 1808
BEDELL Joseph Estramina 1808
BELBIN James City of Edinburgh 1808
BELLETT Jacob City of Edinburgh 1808
BENTLEY John Estramina 1808
BERRISFORD John City of Edinburgh 1808
BERRISFORD Jos City of Edinburgh 1808
BERRISFORD Mary City of Edinburgh 1808
BLACKHALL William Lady Nelson 1813
BLONDELL John Lady Nelson 1808
BLOW James Minstrel 1813
BOSWELL James Lady Nelson 1808
BOYLE John Estramina 1808
BRADSHAW Elizabeth Lady Nelson 1808
BRENAM Thomas Minstrel 1813
BRIGS Ben Lady Nelson 1807
BROUGHTON William City of Edinburgh 1808
BROUGHTON John Estramina 1808
BROWN George City of Edinburgh 1808
BROWNE Richard Porpoise 1808
BUCKALL Anthonio Lady Nelson 1807
BURN Mary City of Edinburgh 1808
BURN Susan Porpoise 1808
BURROWS Richard City of Edinburgh 1808
BUZEAU Abraham City of Edinburgh 1808
BYRON Henry City of Edinburgh 1808
CARTER Mark City of Edinburgh 1808
CARTER Samuel Minstrel 1813
CASSAWAYS   City of Edinburgh 1808
CHAFFEY Thomas Porpoise 1808
CHAM James City of Edinburgh 1808
CHAMBERS Robert Porpoise 1808
CHANDLER Anthony City of Edinburgh 1808
CHIPMAN Jos City of Edinburgh 1808
CHIPMAN Jos City of Edinburgh 1808
CLAPSON John City of Edinburgh 1808
CLARK Thomas Lady Nelson 1808
CLARK Charles Porpoise 1808
CLARK William Porpoise 1808
CLAYTON William Lady Nelson 1813
CLAYTON Sarah Minstrel 1813
CLAYTON Henry Minstrel 1813
COCKRAN Samuel Lady Nelson 1808
COLLINS William Porpoise 1808
COLLY John City of Edinburgh 1808
CONE Henry City of Edinburgh 1808
CONN Ram John Porpoise 1808
CONOLLY Mary City of Edinburgh 1808
COOPER John City of Edinburgh 1808
COOPER Robert City of Edinburgh 1808
COVENTRY William Lady Nelson 1808
COX Francis City of Edinburgh 1808
COX Massey Lady Nelson 1808
COX John Lady Nelson 1813
COX Robert Porpoise 1808
CRAHAN Thomas Porpoise 1808
CRIPS John Lady Nelson 1807
CROPPER John Porpoise 1808
CROSS William Lady Nelson 1808
CROWER Thomas Porpoise 1808
CULLEN Bryan Porpoise 1808
DAVIE James Lady Nelson 1813
DAVIES John Minstrel 1813
DAVIS Deborah Estramina 1808
DAVIS James Porpoise 1808
DAWSON James Minstrel 1813
DAY Samuel Lady Nelson 1813
DELANY John Minstrel 1813
DEMPSEY William Porpoise 1808
DEVEREUX John Estramina 1808
DOODING James Porpoise 1808
DOUGLAS Peter City of Edinburgh 1808
DUNCOMBE John Porpoise 1808
DUTTON Henry Estramina 1808
DYER Timothy Estramina 1808
DYERS James City of Edinburgh 1808
EADY John Lady Nelson 1813
EDGE Fane Minstrel 1813
EDMONDS William City of Edinburgh 1808
EDWARDS James Minstrel 1813
EGGLESTON George Lady Nelson 1813
ELDER John City of Edinburgh 1808
FISHER William Lady Nelson 1813
FISHER Edward Porpoise 1807
FISK Thomas City of Edinburgh 1808
FLETCHER Anthony Porpoise 1808
FLEXMORE Francis City of Edinburgh 1808
FOLLY John Porpoise 1808
FOWLES Thomas Porpoise 1808
FOYLE William Porpoise 1808
FRANCIS John City of Edinburgh 1808
FRANCIS Thomas Porpoise 1808
FREE Samuel Porpoise 1808
GARTH Edward Porpoise 1808
GAVIN Roger Lady Nelson 1808
GAY Thomas City of Edinburgh 1808
GEARY Dennis City of Edinburgh 1808
GENDERS William City of Edinburgh 1808
GENDERS Jos City of Edinburgh 1808
GIBSON John City of Edinburgh 1808
GOODWIN Andrew Porpoise 1808
GORDAN Jano City of Edinburgh 1808
GREGARY Thomas Estramina 1808
HALEY James City of Edinburgh 1808
HALEY William City of Edinburgh 1808
HALL John Estramina 1808
HALL John Porpoise 1808
HALL Joseph Porpoise 1808
HAMBLEY William Porpoise 1808
HAMILTON Thomas Estramina 1808
HAND William Lady Nelson 1807
HANDS Abraham City of Edinburgh 1808
HANNAWAY James City of Edinburgh 1808
HARRIGAN Neal Minstrel 1813
HARRINGTON John City of Edinburgh 1808
HARRIS William City of Edinburgh 1808
HARRISON Joseph Minstrel 1813
HASSAN John Lady Nelson 1813
HATHERWAY Henry Lady Nelson 1808
HAWKINS William Porpoise 1808
HAZELWOOD John City of Edinburgh 1808
HEATH William Lady Nelson 1808
HERBERT John Porpoise 1808
HIGGINS Richard Minstrel 1813
HIBBINS Thomas Porpoise 1808
HINTON Thomas Minstrel 1813
HODDY Rachael City of Edinburgh 1808
HOLLAND Henry City of Edinburgh 1808
HOPWOOD George City of Edinburgh 1808
HOWARD John City of Edinburgh 1808
HUNT Thomas Martin Estramina 1808
HUBART John Minstrel 1813
HUSSEY Samuel Lady Nelson 1807
IYRE John Minstrel 1813
JENDERS William City of Edinburgh 1808
JENKS John City of Edinburgh 1808
JILLETT Robert Lady Nelson 1808
JOHNSON John City of Edinburgh 1808
JONES William Estramina 1808
JONES William Minstrel 1813
JORDEN James Minstrel 1813
JORDEN Richard Minstrel 1813
KEARNEY Catherine Lady Nelson 1808
KIDNER Thomas Lady Nelson 1807
KIMBERLEY Edward City of Edinburgh 1808
KING Samuel City of Edinburgh 1808
KING William City of Edinburgh 1808
KINGSTON Robert City of Edinburgh 1808
KNIGHT John City of Edinburgh 1808
KNIGHT William City of Edinburgh 1808
KNIGHT John Lady Nelson 1808
KNOWLAND John Minstrel 1813
LANCASTER Robert City of Edinburgh 1808
LARM James City of Edinburgh 1808
LEE Michael Estramina 1808
LEVY Andrew Porpoise 1808
LINTON Hopton Lady Nelson 1807
LOCK Thomas Lady Nelson 1813
LOCKLEY John Porpoise 1808
LONGFORD William Porpoise 1808
LOWE James Lady Nelson 1808
LOWE Joseph Lady Nelson 1813
LUCAS Thomas City of Edinburgh 1808
LYNCH Humphry Lady Nelson 1807
MACKEY George Minstrel 1813
MAHON Patrick Minstrel 1813
MANNING Sarah Lady Nelson 1808
MARRITT Thomas City of Edinburgh 1808
MARTIN Stephen Estramina 1808
MASON Thomas Minstrel 1813
MASSEY John City of Edinburgh 1808
MATTHEWS Hannah Minstrel 1813
MAUL John City of Edinburgh 1808
MAYBERRY James Estramina 1808
McCarthy John City of Edinburgh 1808
McCARTHY Dan City of Edinburgh 1808
McCARTHY Harriet Porpoise 1808
McCLOUD John Lady Nelson 1807
McCOY John City of Edinburgh 1808
McDONALD William Porpoise 1808
McDONOUGH Patrick Minstrel 1813
McGINNIS Hugh Estramina 1808
MESSIAS Jacob Lady Nelson 1808
MINCE William Lady Nelson 1807
MITCHELL Henry Lady Nelson 1807
MITCHELL William Porpoise 1808
MOORE John Lady Nelson 1813
MORDACAI Jonas Estramina 1808
MORRIS John City of Edinburgh 1808
MORRISBY James Porpoise 1808
MORRISON Patrick Lady Nelson 1808
MORTIMER Noah Lady Nelson 1808
MORTIMER John Lady Nelson 1808
MOSQUETTO   Minstrel 1813
MOULTON William Lady Nelson 1808
MULLINS Henry Minstrel 1813
MURPHY Thomas Porpoise 1808
NAIRN James Porpoise 1808
NASH Robert City of Edinburgh 1808
NASH Mary City of Edinburgh 1808
NEWBY Thomas Porpoise 1808
NEWHOUSE Michael Lady Nelson 1807
NICHOLLS Elizabeth Minstrel 1813
NORMAN Thomas City of Edinburgh 1808
NORMINTON Luke City of Edinburgh 1808
O’BRIEN Thomas City of Edinburgh 1808
OAKLEY George City of Edinburgh 1808
ORMAN James City of Edinburgh 1808
PALMER Thomas City of Edinburgh 1808
PARSONS William City of Edinburgh 1808
PAUL John City of Edinburgh 1808
PEEK Joshua Porpoise 1808
PHILLIPS Richard City of Edinburgh 1808
PHILLMORE Richard Porpoise 1808
PILLENGER James City of Edinburgh 1808
POARE Anne Lady Nelson 1813
PORTER George City of Edinburgh 1808
PRESNELL William City of Edinburgh 1808
PRIEST Thomas Porpoise 1808
PROCTOR Mary Estramina 1808
PURDEN Michael City of Edinburgh 1808
PYERS Samuel City of Edinburgh 1808
PHYERS George City of Edinburgh 1808
QUINTON Barnard City of Edinburgh 1808
REDDING Andrew Porpoise 1808
REDFERN William Estramina 1808
REPEAT Charles Lady Nelson 1808
RISBY Edward City of Edinburgh 1808
ROBLEY John Porpoise 1808
ROCHE William Minstrel 1813
ROCK William Lady Nelson 1808
ROGERS John City of Edinburgh 1808
RONAY Hannah Lady Nelson 1807
ROUGLAS John City of Edinburgh 1808
SALTMARSH William Minstrel 1813
SCATTERGOOD William City of Edinburgh 1808
SCOTT John City of Edinburgh 1808
SEALS Thomas Estramina 1808
SELLICK Thomas Minstrel 1813
SELVY William City of Edinburgh 1808
SHEATCH Thomas Minstrel 1813
SHIRLEY James Estramina 1808
SHURBURD William City of Edinburgh 1808
SHUTTLEWORTH Ann Lady Nelson 1808
SILLETTO Joseph Lady Nelson 1808
SIMPSON George Lady Nelson 1808
SKEENE Patrick Minstrel 1813
SLATER William Estramina 1808
SMITH William City of Edinburgh 1808
SMITH John Minstrel 1813
SMITH John Minstrel 1813
SPARKS Thomas Lady Nelson 1813
SPONSFORD Zachariah Lady Nelson 1807
STANFIELD jnr Dan City of Edinburgh 1808
STANFIELD snr Dan City of Edinburgh 1808
STANLEY William Lady Nelson 1808
STEEL John Estramina 1808
STEVENS John Minstrel 1813
SULLIVAN Catherine Estramina 1808
SULTAN   Lady Nelson 1807
SYDES Richard Lady Nelson 1813
TAYLOR John Lady Nelson 1813
TEMPLEMAN James City of Edinburgh 1808
THOMAS Elizabeth Estramina 1808
THOMPSON William City of Edinburgh 1808
TOLHURST Richard City of Edinburgh 1808
TOWNSAND John Minstrel 1813
TRIFFITT James City of Edinburgh 1808
TRINBY James Lady Nelson 1813
TRINBY Joseph Lady Nelson 1813
TRINBY snr Joseph Lady Nelson 1813
VICKERY William Lady Nelson 1808
WALFORD Barnard Lady Nelson 1807
WALSH John Lady Nelson 1813
WARWICK James Porpoise 1808
WATERSON James Estramina 1808
WESTLAKE Edward City of Edinburgh 1808
WHITE John Minstrel 1813
WHITEHOUSE John City of Edinburgh 1808
WHITTAKER Hannah Porpoise 1808
WILLIAMS John City of Edinburgh 1808
WINDOWS Richard Porpoise 1808
WINSOR William Minstrel 1813
WOOD Matthew Estramina 1808
WOODCOCK Peter Lady Nelson 1808
WOODS John City of Edinburgh 1808
WRIAM Ziimram Lady Nelson 1813

[1] CSO1/177/4306 AOT; Norfolk Island Embarkations to VDL 1807-1813. 1986
[2] Schaffer. Irene & McKay. Thelma, Exiled Three Times Over.
[3] NI Shipping Lists An 45/2-5 Mitchell Library; Reel 763 AO NSW