Thomas Rowden - Royal Marine
Thomas Rowden was one of the very first Englishmen to settle in Australia.
Born in 1758, Thomas grew up in the quiet Dorset village of Owermoigne , barely a few miles from the south coast of England. His occupation is recorded as cordwainer, a maker of fine shoes, but before long, and maybe because he lived not far from the sea, he signed up as a Royal Marine at Plymouth.
At the culmination of the revolutionary war in the Americas in 1783, Britian needed to find somewhere new to transport her convicts. A few years later orders were issued in London to create a penal colony in New South Wales, Australia. In 1787 the first fleet of 11 ships sailed from England, arriving in Botany Bay on 19th January 1788. Thomas was a Royal Marine serving on 'Friendship', one of the 6 convict ships, which carried on board just over 100 convicts.
Find Thomas and his family in sept 25 pedigree chart.
"The First Fleet entering Port Jackson January 26, 1788"
Drawn 1888 by E. Le Bihan [Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales]