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The monument commemorates Captain Arthur Phillip`s and his party`s visit to Pearl Beach.

In early March 1788, Governor Arthur Phillip led a small party of officers and marines on an exploratory voyage along the coast to the north of Sydney Harbour. Only five weeks after the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove, it became clear that reliable supplies of water and food must be found if the settlement was to survive.

During the eight-day voyage, Phillip and his party made a brief exploration of both sides of Broken Bay. This included a tributary initially known as the `north arm`. Later this area was to be called the `north-east arm`, and eventually `Brisbane Water`


Address:1 Tourmaline Avenue, Pearl Beach Waterfront Reserve, Pearl Beach, 2256
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.545171
Long: 151.307331
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:02-March-1788
Actual Event End Date:02-March-1788


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 2nd March, 1988
Front Inscription

Plaque :

Pearl Beach
Visited 2 March, 1788

Plaque :

At 9 at night moored the boats in a cove on the N. side of the bay off which the surf broke violently ;
They were met by a great number of natives  men, women and children...
They were all friendly.

Lieut. W M. Bradley, R.N.
March, 1788

Plaque :

We slept in the boat that night wthin a rocky point, in the north-west part of the bay (which is very extensive)
As the natives, tho` very friendly appeared to be numerous.

Gov. Capt. A. Phillip  R .N.

Plaque :

This plaque was unveiled on 2nd March, 1988 to commemorate the visit to Pearl Beach by Captain Phillip & party on 2nd, March 1788

Source: MA,H
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