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First Fleet Plaque Inscription
First Fleet Plaque Inscription

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The 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
Long: 151.208736
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:13-May-1787
Actual Event End Date:26-January-1788


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1988
Front Inscription

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"
George Worgan
Surgeon, HMS Sirius



Source: MA
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