Francis Todd was born 18 April 1791 in London, Middlesex, England to William Todd and Elizabeth Unknown and died 1852 Liverpool, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia of unspecified causes.

Francis arrived as a free settler in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, in about November 1832 aboard the "Planter". His wife and children joined him about 2 months later in January 1833 aboard the "Palambam" (names & ages recorded on passenger list).

Francis' then youngest children, Richard and Sophia, were baptised together 3 days before Francis sailed on 13 June 1832. His family sailed 2 months later on 24 August 1832. The family had been unable to sail together.

After arriving in Sydney, Francis was sometimes in trouble with the law for "breaches of the peace" due to his hard drinking. Records are found in the newspapers of the day, and the Sydney Gaol. From these records we learn that he arrived free in the Colony of New South Wales aboard the "Planter" in 1832, that he was a blacksmith by trade, 5 foot 3¼ inches tall, with a fresh complexion, reddish hair, and grey eyes.


Offspring of Francis Todd and Mary Ann Bradshaw (c1803-1839)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Elizabeth Jane Todd (1822-) 8 May 1822 London, Middlesex, England
Mary Ann Todd (1824-) 21 February 1824 London, Middlesex, England
Richard Todd (1829-1886) 1829 London, Middlesex, England August 1886 Geelong, Victoria, Australia Harriet Harwood (c1832-1878)
Sophia Dorothy Todd (1831-1916) 1831 London, Middlesex, England 20 September 1916 Glenmaggie, Victoria, Australia Thomas Lansdown Thomas Lansdown James Shaw (c1840-1920)
Edith Ellen Todd (1833-1875) 1833 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 1875 Victoria, Australia James Giles
Harriet Emma Todd (1835-1893) 1835 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 1893 Prahran, Victoria, Australia Manuel Fostineo (c1829-1872)
William Todd (1837-) 1837 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Frances Todd (1838-) 1838 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia



Footnotes (including sources)

† Baptism
  • Baptised at Stepney, London
₪ Wedding
  • Francis Todd married Mary Bradshaw at Stepney, London. Their son Richard gave the names of his parents as Francis Todd, blacksmith, and Mary Ann Bradshaw at his marriage in 1854.