Thomas Andrews: The Life of a Butcher and Community Leader in 19th Century Australia

Thomas Andrews, the grandson of Marine First Fleeter William Tunks and Sarah Lyons (convict on Lady Juliana),  was born on October 20, 1829, in the Evans district of New South Wales, Australia, as the tenth child of John and Ann Andrews.  Although he was christened as James Thomas, he was known only as Thomas Andrews. …

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Presidents Report 2021

In 2021 the Tunks Descendants Association Incorporated underwent many changes which were initially felt in 2020, but consolidated in these last 12 months. Throughout the world the COVID-19 pandemic continued its march, morphing into variants which in turn were more harmful, more virulent, and more evasive to the vaccines deployed against it.  At this point there does not …

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Presidents Report 2020

2020 has been an interesting year for the Tunks Descendants Associated Incorporated. Like everyone else throughout the world we’ve been affected by a pandemic which still rages throughout the rest of the world, save for Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. In that respect we have been very fortunate, and despite excellent management by our Australian State Premiers, the shadow remains. …

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William Tunks Wikitree


WikiTree, a free, shared social-networking genealogy website, allows users individually to research and to contribute to their own personal family trees while building and collaborating on a singular worldwide family tree within the same system. The WikiTree site emphasises the building of a shared, worldwide family tree. Members do not maintain individual trees, but instead …

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Royal Oaks Hotel, Parramatta

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 Andrews sadly committed suicide in 1832 by hanging himself from the stable rail, will remain on the site. Furthermore, I am amazed that the N.S.W. State Government have not considered the following: The Heritage significance detailed by the …

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