I am seeking the origins of an ancestor GEORGE BRIGGS.
I hope to visit where he came from, understand his origins, meet any distant relatives - descended from siblings, etc.
What I have is below.
Thanks for any advice, including who to contact, and where to look.
I am in Ireland and UK now = Aug-Sept-bit of Oct 2010, and can visit archives etc - but where and which ?!
George Briggs from Dunstable Bedfordshire? arrived NSW 1792 on “Pitt”?
Said to have been born in Dunstable Bedfordshire (how do we know this?) possibly born c.1775 to be aged 16 if/when charged c.1791 and arrived on Pitt in 1792?
Arrival in Australia unknown. He probably arrived 1788 to 1806 as a convict.
Possibly first known as William Briggs arrived on “Pitt” 1792 into Sydney, NSW.
Children in Van Diemen’s Land to Woretemoetereynner, a Tasmanian Aboriginal women, eldest daughter of Mannalargenna, leader of the east coast:
Dalrymple [b.c.1810-1864], Elizabeth [1817-1839], Mary or Margaret [c 1819 - 1839], John [1820- 1878]. For information on Dalrymple see: http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/AS10118b.htm
For information on John and wife Louisa see: http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/biogs/AS10057b.htm
Early August 1806 NSW muster: George Briggs How Employed: Sealing. Kable's employ
Condition: EC ( emancipated convict).
1810: George Briggs partnered to Tasmanian Aboriginal woman, Woretemoeteyenner by. c.1810
13 Jan 1816: James Kelly with George Briggs & 4 others in a whaleboat circumnavigating Tasmania
July 1819: George Briggs left Port Dalrymple for Sydney in the “Sinbad”
October 1819: Briggs on the “Glory”
1823-24: Briggs made several voyages on the “Nereus” trading between Port Jackson & Port Dalrymple
June 1823: he was described as 32 years old (b.1791),  high forehead, hazel eyes, light red hair, fair ruddy complexion and freckles (where would this description be from?)
June 1831: seaman on Griffith’s Schooner
1837: George Briggs listed as living alone on Clarks Island (where listed?)
May 1848 George Briggs said to have come into George Town, north Tasmania with a man named Vickery, having been held up by bushrangers who made Briggs sail them from Hunter Island across to Waterhouse Island, where they got on a “Yankee Whaler” bound for Kangaroo Island. Vickery said “the whole of them got slight flesh wounds in the encounter with the Messrs. Thomas at Port Sorell”. . See: Colonial Times. 2 June 1848.
Died: when and where?