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A plaque commemorates the people who sailed to Australia on the eleven ships of the First Fleet.
The First Fleet is the name given to the eleven ships that sailed from Great Britain on 13 May 1787. The passengers consisted of: 10 civil officers, 212 Marines, including officers, an additional 28 wives and 17 children of the marines, 81 free persons, 504 male convicts and 192 female convicts; the number of free persons was 348 and the number of prisoners was 696, coming to a total of 1044 persons. The Fleet was led to New South Wales (as named by Captain Cook) in order to begin European colonisation in Australia.
The fleet was led by Captain (later Admiral) Arthur Phillip. The ships arrived at Botany Bay between 18 and 20 January 1788.
|Address:||George Street, Steps leading to First Fleet Park , The Rocks, 2000|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -33.860581|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||13-May-1787|
|Actual Event End Date:||26-January-1788|
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||1988|
This Plaque Honours The People Who Sailed To This Country In The Eleven Ships Of The First Fleet Under The Command Of Captain Arthur Phillip. They Left Portsmouth On The 13th May 1787. Journeyed Via Teneriffe, Rio De Janeiro And Capetown To Arrive In Botany Bay On The 18th January 1788. The People And Their Provisions Were Landed Here In Sydney Cove To Set Up The First British Settlement In This Country On The 26th January 1788.
Ships Of The First Fleet
Sirius Supply Borrowdale Golden Grove
Fishburn Alexander Charlotte Scarborough
Prince Of Wales Friendship Lady Penrhyn
Fellowship Of The First Fleeters
"Thus equipped each ship
Like another Noah's Ark, away
We steered for Botany Bay"
Surgeon, HMS Sirius