William Dring & The First Fleet

In December 1785, the Principal Secretary of State in Britain, Thomas Townsend, Viscount Sydney adopted the recommendation of Captain Cook to establish a Colony in New South Wales. Arthur Phillip was commissioned to establish the settlement at Botany Bay. In March 1787 ten ships selected as the First Fleet, rendezvoused at Mother Bank Isle of Wright. They were:- Sirius (frigate) Captain John Hunter. Supply (armed tender brig) Lieutenant Henry Lidgbird Ball. Golden Grove (storeship). Borrowdale (storeship). Scarborough (transport) carrying Captain, thirty three marines and two hundred and eight male convicts. Lady Penrhyn (transport) carrying Captain, two Lieutenants, three Privates and one hundred and two female convicts. Friendship (transport) carrying Captain, forty four marines and Privates, seventy seven male and twenty female convicts. Charlotte (transport) carrying Captain, forty three men, eighty eight male and twenty female convicts. Prince of Wales (transport) carrying two Lieutenants, thirty marines and fifty female convicts. Alexander (transport) carrying two Lieutenants, thirty five marines and two hundred and thirteen male convicts. Captain Arthur Phillip, Commodore of the Fleet, weighed anchor in the Sirius on 13 May 1787. The total number of people engaged in the First Fleet was 1,044 comprising of the following:- Civil officers 10 Marines, including officers 212 Wives (28) and children (17) of above 45 Other free persons 81 Male convicts 504 Female convicts 192 The Fleet sailed in convoy to Cape Town where animals and fruit trees were taken on board. Captain Phillip transferred to HM Supply and together with the Alexander, Scarborough and Friendship, sailed ahead to Botany Bay. The four ships sighted the New South Wales coast on 3 January 1788 and anchored in Botany Bay on 18 January. The Sirius with the remainder of the fleet arrived on the 20 January 1788. Botany Bay was deemed unsuitable for settlement and another site was chosen within a cove to the north in Port Jackson and named Sydney Cove in honour of Lord Sydney. By 26 January, when all the ships of the First Fleet were anchored inside Port Jackson, the British flag was raised and the Colony of New South Wales was proclaimed in the name of the King of England.

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My name is Lynne McDonald and my Ancestor William Dring was sentenced at Kingston upon Hull on 7th October 1784 at the approximate age of 17years. He was sent to the colonies aboard the Alexander arriving in January 1788. He married Ann Forbes and had 3 children Anne who died in 1793 aged 3; Elizabeth in 1792; and Charles in 1794. I am an descendant of Elizabeth. Although there is no death recorded Charles did not survive.
I am trying to research his life back in England but have not been able to find a birth record for a William Dring in 1770 or there abouts. I would love any information anyone may be able to get for me. The only information I have been able to gleen at all is that I have found a *******ry charge against a Nicholas Dring - Brickmaker in Hull in 1770 and his man servant. I am presuming that this may be my William although no information has been given about the child that may have been the product of this charge. Any other William Dring was either too old or too young to be my William.
Can anyone help me please?

See Steve Liversidge's page for lots of detail about William Dring born about 1770 in Hull, Yorkshire, England