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

Second Fleet

ARRIVES AT SYDNEY COVE HORRIFYING CONDITIONS says Chaplain JohnsonLong awaited ships from England have arrived bringing with them a load of problems far outweighing their aid to the Colony.  Lady Continue Reading »

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 »

Prince of Wales

Prince of Wales was added to the number of transports in December 1786, on representation being made to the Treasury Board, that such an addition was necessary to carry female convicts to Botany Continue Reading »


Colonial Fashion

By Anne Gibson and Pat Crothers. From the beginning, due to the climate, the general roughness of life and the lack of material goods led to a determination of the inhabitants of the colony of New South Wales to make do, as was very apparent from their clothing. Clothing was in short supply right from theContinue Reading »

John McCarty and Ann Beardsley

By Glen Lambert. The story of First Fleet Marine John McCarty and partner Ann Beardsley (aka Beazley) is one that to this day conceals many unknowns. Whilst we now their general story and general dates of events, there are many specifics that remain unknown. Many have tried to detail their lives, much of this poorly researchedContinue Reading »