Humphrey Evans (d.1805)

Humphrey Evans is one of St John’s First Fleeters. He came to the colony as a private marine per Lady Penrhyn (1788), although there is some dispute on this; some sources say Scarborough (1788). In 1792, he became a member of the New South Wales Corps. He married convict Mary Dykes in 1793. When his time as a soldier had expired, the couple returned to England, however, they sailed for the Colony of New South Wales as free settlers on 12 May 1803 per Rolla and settled at There and Nowhere, a no-man’s land half way between the settlements of Parramatta and Windsor. Evans died when an oak tree he was cutting down fell across his chest. He is buried in an unmarked grave at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta, its location is unknown. His age at the time of his death is, likewise, unknown.


  • Served on guardships Crown and Powerful: July 1784 – October 1786, Plymouth, England.
  • Sailed with First Fleet per Lady Penrhyn: 13 May 1787
  • Attached to company of Captain John Shea: 1788, Port Jackson, New South Wales
  • Joined New South Wales Corps: 1792
  • Married First Fleet convict Mary Dykes12 April 1793, St. Phillip’s Church, Port Jackson
  • Granted 25 acres of land: 3 December 1794, Lane Cove
  • Five Years Service in New South Wales Corps Ended: 1797
  • Returned to England with wife Mary: 1797
  • Stated his wish to return to NSW: September 1801
  • Returned to NSW with wife per Rolla: 12 May 1803
  • Granted 135 acres of land: 6 July 1803, There and Nowhere (Kellyville)
  • Survived the Castle Hill Convict Uprising: 5 March 1804
  • Died: 1 August 1805, There and Nowhere (Kellyville)
  • Buried: 3 August 1805, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta

Burial Location

  • Unmarked grave, location unknown, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta



  • Marine
  • Soldier
  • Farmer
  • Publican / Inn-keeper: Half-way House between Parramatta and Windsor, There and Nowhere (Kellyville)


  • Private Marine 15th (Plymouth) Company
  • Private Marine, New South Wales Marine Corps, Lady Penrhyn (1788)
  • Soldier, New South Wales Corps, also known as “The Rum Corps”
  • Settler

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Report of Humphrey Evans’s death, “Sydney,” Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW: 1803-1842), Sunday 4 August 1805, p.2


  • Parish Burial Records, Textual Records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Ron Withington, Dispatched Downunder: Tracing the Resting Places of the First Fleeters, (Woolloomooloo, The Fellowship of First Fleeters, 2013), p.440


# First Fleet

# Marine

# Ship: Lady Penrhyn (1788)

# Ship: Rolla (1803)

# Burial year: 1805

# Grave: unmarked