Hibbs Family Tree

Initially the site was centred around the Illawarra Byrnes branch of the Hibbs family who are descended from First Fleet HMS Sirus Able Seaman and later Master of the HMS Norfolk – Peter Hibbs and his 2nd Fleet Convict wife Mary Pardoe, via their fifth child, and only daughter Sarah Hibbs who married Francis Byrne, a convict from Ireland.


In fact, there have also been descendants of Peter and Mary’s fourth child, William Hibbs, in the Illawarra and a number of William’s descendants attended the March 2015 Commemoration on Norfolk Island. And now the site has been extended to include descendants from other branches of the Hibbs family who attended the March 2015 Hibbs Reunion on Norfolk Island for the Commemoration of the 1790 Wrecking of the HMS Sirius.


David Christian (Sarah Byrne nee Hibbs) and Joe Davis (William Hibbs) at University of Wollongong lecture given by Joe on early Illawarra.


Initially Peter and wife Mary had lived on Norfolk Island on Lot 54 in the Phillipsburg area, as part of the 1st Colony there, but they later returned to the mainland and became Pioneers of the Hawkesbury – all documented in Allen Maunder’s “Sailing on the Hibbs Line” – see also Reference List for Peter and Mary Hibbs.

The children of Peter Hibbs and Mary Pardoe …

  1. George Hibbs born on Norfolk Island
  2. Peter Hibbs born and died in infancy on Norfolk Island – possibly buried in the early Cemetery in the Emily Bay area or in an unmarked grave in the main Cemetery at Kingston on Norfolk Istill used till this day, where there are many unmarked graves.
  3. Peter Kenny Hibbs believed to have been born and baptised in Sydney
  4. William Hibbs born at sea travelling between Norfolk Island and Sydney – photos of William’s descendants with other Hibbs relatives are shown below).

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  5. Sarah Hibbs born in Sydney and married Francis Byrne – note photos of Sarah’s descendants with other Hibbs relatives are shown below

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  6. Richard Hibbs born in the Hawkesbury
  7. Joseph Hibbs born at Colo River

Note – Mary Pardoe had born a child Ann Scott prior to her marriage to Peter Hibbs – one of her descendants includes Arthur Dunn, husband of well known historian Cathy Dunn.

Mary Pardoe descendants - David Christian and Arthur Dunn on Norfolk Island

Historian Cathy Dunn and SCC FFF member Ann, with Mary Pardoe descendants – David Christian (Sarah Hibbs – glasses) and Arthur Dunn (far right – Ann Scott) on Norfolk Island

Pardoe Descendant Jenny (left) with Hibbs-Pardoe descendants David Christian and Judy

Mary Pardoe – Ann Scott descendant Jenny (left) with Peter Hibbs-Mary Pardoe descendants David Christian (5th child Sarah Byrne nee Hibbs) and Judy (4th child William Hibbs) on the Peter Hibbs land grant (Lot 54) at Phillipsburg, Norfolk Island.

The children of Sarah and Francis Byrne were as follows …

  1. Mary Ann Byrne
  2. Hannah Byrne
  3. Thomas Byrne – article – note this article only records Sarah as having 5 children and not 11 children – omitting the younger six children – Terence, Andrew, Hugh, Richard, Elizabeth and Margaret
  4. James Byrnes married Harriet Watkins and Eliza Jane Parry
  5. Catherine
  6. Francis Byrnes – descendants of Francis with other Byrnes relatives

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  7. Terence Cornelius Byrnes
  8. Andrew Byrnes 

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  9. Hugh Byrnes
  10. Richard Byrnes  

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  11. Elizabeth Byrne(s)
  12. Margaret Byrne(s)

The Illawarra Byrnes’ are descended from James Byrne, Francis Byrne, Andrew Byrne and  Richard Byrne. 

David’s great great grandfather Richard Byrne married Mary Ann Crumpton,  (Mary Ann was a sister to Benjamin Crumpton, whose granddaughter, Lurline married Vincent Charles Weatherstone – second cousin to Kerrie’s grandmother Mary Adams – such  a tangled web).

Richard and Mary Ann’s children were as follows …

  1. Christina Byrnes – David’s 2x great aunt was tragically murdered by her step daughter Caroline “Aunty Thally” Grills
  2. Arthur James “Jim” Byrnes – from whom the Illawarra Byrnes are descended
  3. Rosanna Agnes Burns
  4. Cornelius Andrew Byrnes
  5. Mary Ann Elizabeth Byrnes
  6. Ada Eleanor Byrnes
  7. Teresa Jane Byrnes
  8. Francis Aaron Byrnes
  9. Anastasia Byrnes
  10. Norbert Joseph Byrnes – killed in WW1
  11. Pearlie Agnes Byrnes

Arthur James Byrnes married Wollongong resident Mary Elizabeth Smith in Sydney in 1892 – daughter of James William Smith and his wife Jane Nunn. All of Arthur’s  children were born in the Illawarra and were as follows :

  1. Mary Ann Byrnes (1893-1955) married Godfrey Christian (Tiearney) – son of  Thomas Aaron Tiearney and Rosetta Charlotte Roberts
    • John Godfrey Christian (Tiearney) married Eunice Adele Green
      • David John Christian married Kerrie Anne Adams
        • Katrina Christian
      • Daughter
    • Bernard Richard Christian (Tiearney) married Kathleen O’Grady (also a Hibbs descendant)
      • Son
      • Daughter
      • Daughter
    • Rosemary Tiearney married James Farrell
      • Son
  2. Richard Percy Burns (1895-1975)
  3. Arthur James  Byrnes (1897- )
  4. Theresa Jane Byrnes (1899 – 1988) – married Ronald Clyde Moffat and died in Wollongong in 1988
  5. Ada Ellen Byrnes (1901 – 1993)
  6. Philomena Elizabeth Byrnes (1903 – 1973) – married Cecil Maber and died in Wollongong 1973 – their  Maber descendants still live in the Illawarra
  7. Veronica Josephine Byrnes (1905 – 1995)
  8. Joseph Francis Byrnes (1907 – 1976)
  9. Philip John Joseph Byrnes (1909 – 1965)-  married Minnie Ethel Puckeridge – their Geary descendants live in the Illawarra
  10. Norman Andrew Byrnes (1911 – )- married Florence Mary Gills – some descendants believed to still live in the Illawarra
  11. Agnes May Byrnes (1913 – )
  12. Myrtle Anastasia Byrnes (1915 – 1971)
  13. Elsie Patricia Byrnes (1918 – 1982) – married Giovanni Della Bonna and died in Warrawong in 1982 – their Poloni and Larkin descendants still live in the Illawarra
  14. Joyce Josephine Byrnes ( – )
  15. Mary Cecilia Byrnes ( – )

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