George COLLINS of Evandale (~1800 - 8 Mar 1870) was probably the son of Elizabeth HAYWARD and a convict also named George COLLINS who died on Norfolk Island ~1804.
I've yet to determine where the convict George COLLINS came from - there are a couple of possibilities that others have drawn my attention to:
(1) a George COLLINS arrived per "Royal Admiral" on 7 Oct 1792 aged 16 years (felony, death sentence transmuted to 7 years transportation) so was born around 1776.
(2) a George ?COLLINS was born in Warwickshire ~1776, tried at Warwick in 1793 and sentenced to 7 years transportation (appears as 'George Collis' on Lesley Uebel's page at http://users.bigpond.net.au/convicts/page3.html) which lists a "Colless/Collins, George" who arrived in Sydney 1798 per “Barwell”, about 22yo (or, another source says, 19).
Whoever he was, the records for Norfolk Island
that in 1802 he received 2 shirts, material for shoes and food for 365 days
however there is nothing to indicate when he arrived on Norfolk
Island. He died suddenly on 2 Mar 1804. I am intending to get
hold of the individual indents to see whether there are further
Cecilia Jane COLLINS believed that George (of Evandale) was the natural son of David COLLINS (1754-1810) first governor of Tasmania, and indeed she was invited to Government House (?in Hobart or Melbourne) on the strength of that connection. The easy assumption is that George is in fact George Reynolds Collins, born to David Collins and Nancy/Ann Yates on 28 Jun 1793 and registered 25 Apr 1794 at Sydney Cove. However, research by others has established that George Reynolds Collins died 18 May 1821 in England after repeated requests to the Admiralty to be given passage to Australia to rejoin his family.
If George COLLINS of Evandale was the natural son of David COLLINS, then given his birthdate he would have to be the result of a liaison on David's second tour of duty. The only possibility I've discovered here is his relationship with Hannah Power, a convict's wife who David took as his mistress at Sullivan Bay. The diagram "David Collins and another George" below explores these possibilities.