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Descendants group of William Tunks and Sarah Lyons

William Tunks

William (Tonks) Tunks was born c1754 in England. He was a marine on HMS Sirius, the flag ship of the First Fleet to Australia in 1788. He had six children in Australia between 1792 and 1806 with a convict, Sarah Lyons. He was buried at the age of 67 on 8 August 1821, most likely at the Devonshire Street Cemetery, Sydney. 

Sarah Lyons

Sarah Lyons was born c1763 in England. She stole 7 yards of silk and was transported as a convict to Australia on the Lady Juliana as part of the Second Fleet, arriving in 1790. She had six children in Australia between 1792 and 1806 with William (Tonks) Tunks. She was buried at the age of 74 on 27 July 1837 in St Johns Cemetery Parramatta, New South Wales.

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


Parramatta Library, Phive building in Parramatta Square.

11.00AM – 1.30PM

Are you a descendant of William Tunks, one of the first fleet arrivals to Australia? Do you want to help preserve and celebrate the Tunks family history and legacy for future generations? The Tunks Descendants Association needs your help!

We are seeking new volunteers to join our committee and ensure the sustainability of our organisation. As a committee member, you will have the opportunity to shape the direction of the association and play a vital role in preserving the Tunks family history.

Whether you have experience in event planning, social media, websites or simply a passion for history, we welcome all skills and backgrounds. By joining the committee, you will have the chance to connect with fellow Tunks descendants and contribute to a meaningful cause.
Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of something special. Contact us today to learn more about how you can get involved and make a difference for the Tunks family legacy.
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Membership fees and donations go towards the maintenance and restoration of family monuments.


Membership fees go towards web hosting and social media promotions to help educate generations of descendants of various ages.


TDAI makes donations to groups that are maintaining various cemeteries where family members are buried.

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