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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 »

Stories

FIRST FLEET CONVICT CLAIMS DISCOVERY OF A GOLDMINE

During August 1788 convict James Daley reported the discovery of a piece of ground where he had found a quantity of yellow coloured ore which did appear to contain gold.  The Governor was absent from Port Jackson at the time and Daley refused to name the location until he returned when he, Daley, would giveContinue Reading »

LETTER FROM A FEMALE CONVICT

Port Jackson, 14th November, 1788  I take the first opportunity that has been given us to acquaint you with our disconsolate situation in this solitary waste of the creation. Our passage, you may have heard by the first ships, was tolerably favourable; but the inconveniences since suffered for want of shelter, bedding, &c., are not toContinue Reading »

1788 EARTHQUAKE, SYDNEY COVE

The shock of an earthquake on Sunday 22 June 1788 was mentioned by several diarists.  The day was recorded as Clear with south-west winds.  Temperature 54° David Blackburn, Master of HMS Supplyat 20 minutes after 4 in the afternoon, a shock of an earthquake was felt through the camp.  The surgeon of ‘Supply’ and myselfContinue Reading »