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.