First Fleet members can trace their lineage back to a person or persons who arrived in Sydney Cove with Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788. The process of finding a First Fleet forebear has been made easier with the introduction of the internet ... More about us

First Fleet Ships

The Eleven Ships

Alexander, weighing in at 452 tons, 114 ft long and 31 ft at the beam, the Alexander was commanded by Master Duncan Sinclair. She carried 192 male convicts and was the largest ship in the fleet.  Continue Reading »

Golden Grove

  Built in Whitby in 1780, Golden Grove was one of the three store-ships that were owned by Leighton.  She weighed 331 tons, with 5’6” height between decks afore, 5’5” midships and 5”1” Continue Reading »

HMS Lady Nelson

The Lady Nelson story is one of courage and devotion, this small 60 ton brig carried out her duty, with all the vigour of a much larger sea faring vessel, in her twenty-five years of service in the Continue Reading »


First Fleet Fact Sheet

Down load the First Fleet Fact Sheet to find out when they left England and arrived Sydney Cove 26 January 1788. Click here to open: FIRST FLEET FACTS

John Hudson

At nine years old, John Hudson a sometimes chimney sweeper, and the youngest First Fleet convict at the time of sentencing, was tried at the Old Bailey London on 10 December 1783, to seven years transportation for felony, but not for burglary.  John’s crime was breaking and entering the dwelling house of William Holdsworth inContinue Reading »

John McCarthy : Ann Beardsley

Whenever I have mentioned that my ancestors came on the First Fleet, the usual reaction of people is disbelief – How do you know?  Its 200 years ago.  Well the fact is until about two years ago, I didn’t know.  I had always known that my maternal grandmother’s family were among the first people inContinue Reading »