TASMANIAN historian Reg Watson has produced an engaging YouTube video telling to story of Betty King, who is believed to be the first white woman to set foot in Australia when the First Fleet arrived from England in 1788.
Published last week, the video was filmed at the Back River Cemetery just outside New Norfolk, where Betty was buried in 1856. Betty arrived in Sydney as a convict, served her time on Norfolk Island and later relocated to New Norfolk.
At the time of her death, Betty was reported to have been the first white woman carried ashore in Sydney, and later research suggested she was also the last survivor of the First Fleet. Mr Watson’s video has had 250 views in its first few days.