First Fleet Ships

Convict Transport 'Alexander' (Marine Artist Frank Allen)

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 »

Store-ship 'Golden Grove' (Marine Artist Frank Allen)

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 »

Woodcut of Lady Nelson

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 »

Stories

William Henry Eddington

Thomas Eddington

was sentenced to transportation for 7 years on 5 or 6 July 1785 at the Berkshire, Summer Assizes.  Tried as Thomas Heddington (sic) late of the parish of Bray in the county of Berkshire Labourer on the 23rd day of March, with force and arms in the parish aforesaid, 2 silver Tablespoons of the valueContinue Reading »

warplanes awm ART03029 Will Longstaff, War planes of the Australian Flying Corps 1918-1919

James Morrisby

was sentenced to seven years transportation at the Old Bailey on 7 July 1784 for theft of a ten pound iron bar, value 10d, and for wrenching it from the house.  He was a blacksmith and said to have served for ten years in the guards.  On 6 September 1784 he was received on theContinue Reading »

1918 Christmas Card (courtesy R Rolton)

Thomas Lucas

was a private marine 23rd (Portsmouth) Company arriving at Port Jackson aboard Scarborough and there served in the company of Captain John Shea.  Thomas also worked in the colony as a glazier, being his former profession.  On 29 December 1791 a son by Ann Howard (Lady Juliana) was born and in December 1792 he enlistedContinue Reading »