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Williams, Thomas (c. 1760–1830)

Thomas Williams (c.1760-1830) was a marine in the 33rd (Plymouth) Company when he arrived at Sydney aboard the Friendship in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet. He served in Captain James Meredith's Company at Port Jackson.

Williams was sent to Norfolk Island on the Sirius in March 1790. He was discharged from the marines in Sydney in December 1791 and returned to Norfolk Island as a settler, receiving a 60 acre grant of land at Creswell Bay in February 1792. In 1793 he was also working as a constable and a miller. By 1794 he was living with Ann Lynch and her young son Thomas.

Williams, Lynch, and her son left Norfolk Island for Port Jackson on the Investigator in February 1805 and then travelled to Port Dalrymple on the Buffalo. Williams and Ann returned to Sydney in 1809 as Williams had received a 127 acre grant of land at Minto. In 1814 he was living in Sydney and working as a miller. In 1828 he was employed by Simeon Lord as a miller.

He is possibly the Thomas Williams who died at the General Hospital Sydney in August 1830, whose age was given as 63, and was buried in the Catholic section of the Devonshire Street Cemetery.

information from

  • Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 387
  • Cathy Dunn, 'Thomas Williams, Private, Marines 33rd (Plymouth) Company, Friendship 1788 and Ann Lynch, Convict, Charlotte 1788', HMS Sirius 1786-1790, — accessed 14 June 2020

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