Francis Tuckfield was born 10 May 1808 in Germoe, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom to Samuel Tuckfield (-) and Mary Hoskin (-) and died 21 October 1865 Portland, Shire of Glenelg, Victoria, Australia of pneumonia. He married Sarah Gilbart (1808-1854) 13 October 1837 in St Erth, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. He married Mary Stevens (1823-1886) 1857 in Hobart, City of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
Early life and education
As a young man Francis was a miner and seasonal fisherman. He was converted to the Wesleyan Methodist faith when he was 18 and became an active local preacher. He was accepted as a candidate for the ministry in 1835 at the age of about 27 and trained for two years at the Theological Institution, Hoxton.
He was selected to be a missionary to the Aboriginals, the indigenous Australian people, in the Port Phillip District, which is now Victoria, Australia. He arrived in Australia in 1838.
above all older than Francis
|Offspring of Francis Tuckfield and Mary Stevens (1823-1886)|
|Arthur Stevens Tuckfield (1861-)|
|Herbert Edward Tuckfield (1863-)|
|Mary Alice Tuckfield (1864-)|
Of his eleven children, three sons became ministers and four daughters married ministers.
- Le Griffon, Heather (2006). Campfires at the Cross: An Account of the Bunting Dale Aboriginal Mission at Birregurra, Near Colac Victoria 1839- 1851. Australian Scholarly Publishing. ISBN 1740971124