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Plaques commemorate the site of Betty King's grave.
Betty King was a convict, who was sentenced at Manchester on May 4, 1786 to seven years transportation for stealing two black silk handkerchiefs and three others. She was then known as Mrs Elizabeth Thackeray.
She was aboard the First Fleet vessel Friendship but she proved troublesome and at the Cape of Good Hope she was transferred to the vessel Charlotte. On 26th January 1788 the fleet arrived in Botany Bay. There is no documented evidence to state that Betty was the first European woman to set foot on Australian soil but she states that when the ship arrived in Botany Bay she was a lady’s maid to the officer’s wives.
She said that the officer’s wives were supposed to be the first European women to land but they did not like the look of the surf and thought they might get drenched so they asked that Betty be carried ashore first as a rehearsal. From Sydney, King was transported to Norfolk Island and by 1800 she was free and purchased land.
Like many Norfolk Islanders she arrived in Van Diemans Land and was given a land grant at New Forfolk and 1810 married Samuel King. There is no official documentation that she was the first European woman to set foot in Australia but she was however the last known female survivor of the First Fleet
|Address:||Lawitta Road, Methodist Cemetery, New Norfolk, 7140|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -42.766292|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||1963|
ELIZABETH (THACKERY) KING
ARRIVED FIRST FLEET 26.1.1788
FELLOWSHIP OF THE FIRST FLEETERS
Near this spot was laid to rest Betty King the first white woman to set foot in Australia.