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A Long, Long Way

Ann Lucas (1789–1864)

The first European girl born on Norfolk Island was Ann ‘Gaskin’ Lucas, to the convicts Nathaniel Lucas and Olivia Gascoigne on 2 March 1789.

When Ann was sixteen, the Norfolk Island settlement closed, and the family returned to Sydney. There she married ex-convict Charles Williams (per Ganges). She’d had no formal education, and marked her name in the register with a cross.

Both Ann and her mother Olivia received land grants at Port Dalrymple, so the Lucas Clan moved to Van Diemen’s Land. After Charles’ death (by murder) Ann married again, one Thomas Faro, and produced her 11th child at age 49. She ended her days in New Zealand, where she died in Dunedin aged 75.

Her oldest daughter, also named Ann (b.1815) went on to marry Henry Reading.

Ann spent her first 16 years on something of an island paradise.  The convict artist John Doody recorded the Flora of Norfolk Island during the 1790s.  A pencil note reads, ‘Pandanus mel-[?]’
Ann spent her first 16 years on something of an island paradise. The convict artist John Doody recorded the Flora of Norfolk Island during the 1790s. A pencil note reads, ‘Pandanus mel-[?]’

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