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 »


Susannah Blanchet

Monday 24 March 1788, a day described as foggy until 9 a.m., then clear, easterly winds with the temperature reaching 72°.  One this day, four weddings took place, and Susannah Blanchard (sic), a convict, was buried. At the Surrey Lent Assizes 1787, which commenced on Monday 2 April 1787 at Kingston upon Thames before SirContinue Reading »

John Baughan : Mary Cleaver

John Bingham or Baughan, alias Innis Baffin, cabin maker, was convicted at Oxford England, in 1783 for having stolen five woollen blankets being the goods of John Shorter.  Sentenced to seven years transportation to America, he was delivered aboard the ship Mercury on 22 March 1784 with 21 other convicts.  The ship was seized byContinue Reading »

The Tank Stream

The First Water Supply The site of Sydney was chosen by Governor Phillip in 1788, because of all the bays of Port Jackson where ship could anchor Sydney Cove had the best fresh water supply.  This was provided by a fine run of fresh water stealing silently through a thick wood, later to become knownContinue Reading »