Descendants group of William Tunks and Sarah Lyons

William Tunks

William (Tonks) Tunks was born in 1754 in England. He was a marine on the Sirius in the First Fleet to Australia in 1788. He had five children with a convict, Sarah Lyons, in Australia between 1792 and 1806. He died on 6 August 1821 in Parramatta, New South Wales, at the age of 67, and was buried in Sydney, NSW.

Sarah Lyons

Sarah Lyons was born in 1763 in England. She was transported to Australia was a convict in 1790. She had five children with William (Tonks) Tunks in Australia between 1792 and 1806. She died on 27 July 1837 in Parramatta, New South Wales, at the age of 74.


Tunks Descendants Association Inc

We are descendants of William Tunks and Sarah Lyons and the association aims to promote and preserve their history and legacy.



upcoming Events

230 year Sirius Shipwreck Tour, Norfolk Island

The 230th Anniversary of the Shipwreck of HMS Sirius is being held on Norfolk Island in March 2020.

40th Anniversary Lunch - Tunks Descendants

Guest Speaker: Dudley Tunks – Life Member & Inaugural Committee Member SUNDAY, 26TH APRIL 2020

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Latest news

TDAI President's Report - AGM 2020

TDAI President's Report - AGM 2020

TDAI held its AGM, at First Fleeter’s House on 5 February, 2020. Thank you to all those who attended. A…
Royal Oaks Hotel Update

Royal Oaks Hotel Update

The Royal Oak Hotel is scheduled for demolition early in 2020. The 1813 Stables at the rear of the Hotel where John…

TDAI AGM 2019-2020

The Tunks Descendants Association AGM will be held on Wednesday 5th February 2020  at the First Fleeter’s House in Woolloomooloo.  If…



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