George COLLINS

other immigrants:

Edward BARRINGTON
Maria CLEMENTS
Eliza Ann COLE
George COLLINS
Florence Daisy DAY
Sarah FLEMING
Roderick GOLLAN
Martha HALEY
Elizabeth HAYWARD
John JAMES
John Henry JONES
Jane LITTLE
Ann MEHEGAN/MEAGHAN
Charles & Elizabeth PULLING
Patrick ROBBINS
William ROBERTS
John Wright SIMMONS
Catherine SPRING
Richard SYDES
William TUDGEY
Thomas TYRRELL
Ann WHITE
Henry WILKINSON

 

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 state 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 details. 

It is likely that the convict George COLLINS is the father of George of Evandale, but this and how the young George came to Tasmania is best described in the account of Elizabeth HAYWARD, who is widely assumed to be his mother (again, as a fact, this is difficult to prove). 

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. 

Primary Tree / Family Collins & Hayward / David Collins and another George