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The bas-relief sculpture commemorates Captain Arthur Phillip, the first Governor of Australia, who passed close to this site during an exploration expedition in April 1788.

In October 1786, Captain Phillip was appointed captain of the Sirius and governor-elect of New South Wales. Great Britain was no longer able to send convicts to America, the jails were full, and it was decided to send them to New South Wales. On 13 May 1787 the fleet of 11 ships set sail. The leading ship reached Botany Bay on 18 January 1788 and two days later the remainder arrived. A few hours stay satisfied Phillip that the site was not suitable, it was decided to go on to Port Jackson, and on 26 January some of the marines and convicts were landed.



Address:Mona Vale Road & Riddles Lane, Pymble Soldiers` Memorial Park, Pymble, 2073
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.739382
Long: 151.152316
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Artist:Victor Cusack


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1987
Front Inscription

ARTHUR PHILLIP R. N. (1738 - 1814)

During April 1788 Governor Arthur Phillip, An `Admiral
Of The Blue`, Passed Close To This Place Whilst On An
Early Exploration.
Australia`s First Governor, This Visionary And
Compassionate Man Of Talent Was Also Responsible
For The Successful Leadership And Arrival Of The `First
Fleet`, Arriving In Australia From England With Eleven
Ships And 1350 People A Feat Without Parallel In History
At That Time. 

Mayor - Alderman Richard Lennon
Chairman - Bicentennial Committee, Alderman J. A. Hall
Town Clerk - W. I. Taylor Sculptor - Victor Cusack - 1987

Source: MA
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