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The Herbert Family Association

Who We Are

The Herbert Family Association Inc. is an association of the descendants of First Fleet convicts John Herbert (c1760 – 1832) and First Fleet convict Deborah Ellam (1765 – 1819), and John and his second wife, convict Anne Dudley (1785 – 1838). The association was formed by a small group of their descendants in 1987 in preparation for Australia’s bicentennial celebrations in 1988. …….more.


HMS Sirius
HMAT Supply
Convict Transport Alexander
Storeship Borrowdale
Convict Transport Charlotte
Storeship Fishburn
Convict Transport Friendship
Storeship Golden Grove
Convict Transport Lady Penrhyn
Convict Transport Prince of Wales
Convict Transport Scarborough
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Ships of the First Fleet paintings by marine artist Frank Allen see website here


Deborah Ellam’s great-grandfather, her mother’s grandfather, was Jonathan Rylands. Jonathan was baptised at St Elphin’s church in Warrington on 28 August 1681. His father was John Rylands, but the baptism entry does not show their residence. However it is most likely that Jonathan Rylands was born on a farm in Fearnhead, about 3 km east of Warrington.

See the September 2018 Issue of Fragments for the full story on Deborah’s Maternal Great Grandparents, the Rylands.

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Graves in St John’s Cemetery Parramatta, NSW. Left: Grave of First Fleeter John Herbert (c1760-1832). Right: Grave of First Fleeter Deborah Ellam (1765-1819), (commemorated on the slabstone), buried with his mother is Charles Herbert (1800-1832) (commemorated on the headstone).