TUNKS William

Marine Private William Tunks (1754.....1821)


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  • Born : 1754
  • Where Born : England
  • Occupation : Soldier / Gimlet Maker
  • Date Arrived : 26 January 1788
  • Ship Arrived on : H.M.S. Sirius
  • Rank on Discharge : Marine / Private
  • Date of Enlistment : 24. Feb. 1787
  • Where Enlisted : Portsmouth
  • Enlisted R.N.S.W. Reg : March. 1793
  • Date of Discharge : 24. April. 1803
  • Where Discharged : Parramatta
  • Died : 6th August 1821
  • Buried : 8. August. 1821
  • Where Died / Buried : Sty Phillip's Church Sydney/ Sydney Buriel Ground. Later re-interned St Johns Church Cemetery Parramatta
  • Parents Names :
  • Spouse's Name : Sarah Lyons (see "The Floating Brothel.".Sian Rees ISBN0 7336 1304 7 Published 2001)
  • Born : 1763
  • Where Born : England
  • Occupation : Self employed Gimlet Maker
  • Date Married : No Marriage Date Found
  • Where Married :
  • Spouse's Parents :
  • Date Arrived :
  • Ship Arrived on : " Lady Julian "
  • Died : 25. July. 1837
  • Buried : 27. July 1837
  • Where Died / Buried : Parramatta / St John's Church Parramatta
  • Some information was supplied by Marian E Perrem marianperrem@bigpond.com

    Area Settled :
    PARRAMATTA, New South Wales.
    Children :
    1 . Ann Tunks (b 5th August 1792  d 7th December 1834)
    2 . John Tunks  (b 4th March 1795  d 1st May 1848)
    3.  Charles Tunks  (b 1802 circa)

    History & Achievements :

    Note: Gimlet: a small tool with a screw point for boring holes.

    Marine Private William Tunks enlisted in the Royal Marines on the 24th of February 1887. He enlisted as
    part of the Portsmouth Company. Prior to his enlistment he served on the ship "Ganges" as a sailor, 26th being discharged to the Haslar Hospital on the 20th of September 1786. William discharged from the "Sirius" , the ship in which he arrived , to the Port Jackson company on the 5th of June 1789. He remained with this company as a Gimlet Maker until February of 1790.
    On the 26th of October 1791 he set sail for Norfolk Island on board the ship " Atlantic" , where he recieved
    a grant of 60 acre's on Cascade Road Phillipsburg. He grew grain for the colony and on many occasions sold it direct to the settlement.
    During March of 1793 he left Norfolk Island aboard the ship "Kitty", surrendering his land back to the colony. Following his arrival he enlisted in the Royal New South Wales Regiment and served with this Regiment until his discharge on the 24th of April 1803. On July the 22nd 1795 whilst still a serving member of the Regiment he recieved a grant of land at Mulgrave Place (25 acres).
    Following his discharge in 1803 he recieved a further grant of land ( 140 acres at Evan ). This grant he
    leased to a John Palmer who eventually purchased the land by 1812.
    During 1809 William Tunks fell victim to an attack by Aborigines but as luck would have it he was rescued
    by friends had arrived. Williams burial in 1821 was registered at St Phillips Church in Sydney on the 8th of August 1821 he was aged who 67 years . Sarah Lyons with whom he had lived with was buried on the 27th of July 1837 at St John's Church Cemetery. her age was recorded as being 74 years.

    The Tunks Family have many of William's descendents buried at St James Church Parramatta. Below are the Headstones / Monuments & Plaques all found at St James Cemetery. They read as follows.

    Section 1 Row B / 1A Tablet.1
    In Loving Memory of
    died 31st July 1926
    Aged 49 Years
    Thy Will Be Done
    Section 1 Row B / 1ATablet.2
    Dear Husband of
    Died 23-5-1933
    Section 1 Row B / 1B
    In Loving Rememberance of
    Who died . Feb 9th 1902
    aged 71 Years
    To the Memory of
    Who departed this life
    May 1st 1848
    aged 53 Years
    In the midst of life we are in death
    Also of
    Grandson of the above
    died January 13th 1856
    aged 1 year and 4 months
    died September 26 1867
    aged 7 months and 18 days
    Grandson of the above
    who departed this life
    January 27 1878
    Aged 3 years
    Who departed this life November 15th 1899
    aged 84 years
    To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die
    A metal plaque affixed to the East Face reads:

    In Memory of

    Marine HMS Sirius- First Fleet 1788
    Many of his descendents rest in this cemetery
    It is unfortunate that the exact spot where William Tunks and Sarah Lyons are buried is not marked, although they are registered as being interned in this Cemetery


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