Scott Morrison – For Scott Morrison of Australia, G7 in Cornwall Is a Homecoming of Sorts
Mr. Morrison stated Mr. Roberts was his “fifth great-grandfather.”
“He stole some yarn in Cornwall, and the rest is history,” Mr. Morrison stated. “More than 200 years of it, so it’ll be interesting to be going back there.”
Mr. Roberts was half of a group of over 1,400 individuals who set sail in 11 ships from Portsmouth, England on May 13, 1787 — half of the notorious “First Fleet” — transporting army leaders, sailors and convicts the world over.
“A wide variety of people made up this legendary ‘First Fleet,’” according to the National Geographic Society. “Military and government officials, along with their wives and children, led the group. Sailors, cooks, masons and other workers hoped to establish new lives in the new colony.”
The First Fleet included greater than 700 convicts — the beginning of what can be more than 80 years of Britain’s shipping off convicts to serve out their sentences in New South Wales, now a state in southeastern Australia. Britain despatched greater than 160,000 convicts to Australia in that point, and it’s estimated that about 20 p.c of present-day Australians can hint their ancestry to them.
Mr. Morrison just isn’t the primary Australian chief to hint his roots again to a convict.
Genealogists traced former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s household line to an English girl who barely escaped the hangman’s noose. In 1788, Mary Wade — Mr. Rudd’s paternal fifth-great-grandmother — was convicted on the Old Bailey in London of having robbed an 8-year-old lady of her dress and underwear in a lavatory.