My name is William Robert (Bob) Beecroft. As a child, we learned that two brothers came to Australia on a whaling ship, one stayed to found the Beecroft family in Tasmania, and the other went back to England. There were 2 Beecrofts who came to Australia in the third fleet, arriving at Sydney Cove in October,1791. They were Felix of Bristol, and Robert of Suffolk, both transported for 7 years. I recorded the following from a plaque at the Queensland Museum in July, 1994: " The British Government, anxious to move convicts to its new Australian colony, chartered several whale ships bound for the South seas. This became the third fleet of 1791. After the convicts were delivered, the ships went a-whaling." The two instances could be coincidence, but the parallels are notable, and given (a) the fact that record keepers were semi-literate, and the convicts were mostly totally illiterate and could not verify that the records reflected what they had given verbally, and (b) families in those days were reluctant to admit the stigma of a convict heritage, it is quite possible that these are the two "brothers" of family lore. I realise that this may only serve to muddy the waters, but at this time there appears to be no other record of the origins of the Tasmanian Beecrofts.