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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

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

The Education Department's Record of War Service Victoria 1914-1919

Owen Cavanough : Margaret Darnell

Owen Cavenaugh (Cavanough) aged 25, arrived into Sydney Cove as an Able Seaman, aboard Sirius.  After Sirius was wrecked on Norfolk Island in 1790, he was discharged to become a settler obtaining land at Cascade Stream, Phillipsburg.  By 1794 Owen was living with Margaret Darnell who was indicated for stealing, on 30 March 1787, oneContinue Reading »

The First Fleet entering Port Jackson January 26, 1788  (E LeBihan 1888)

John Martin

Our Caribbean Negro convict John Martin, was born circa 1755 and died with is family around him as his time came to an end in 1837.  Nothing is known about him prior to his conviction, nor is it likely we will ever find more. By following history, the African Negro, ‘Caribbean’ at that time, withContinue Reading »

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John Randall

John Randall, a 6 foot high, well-made black American Negro labourer, came to Australia aboard the transport ship Alexander with the First Fleet on 26 January 1788. John was sentenced to seven years transportation on 14 April 1785 at Manchester Quarter Sessions for stealing a steel watch chain, the property of Joseph Wardle.  Sent toContinue Reading »