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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 »


Discovery of the Nepean River

From 6 June to 16 June 1789, John White, John Hunter and David Collins were amongst a large party that accompanied Governor Phillip on a second expedition to Broken Bay, in the course of which an extensive river was discovered.  Phillip named it the Hawkesbury River.  At the end of the month the same partyContinue Reading »

George Bouchier Worgan

THE EMUThe curiosity of the camp was excited and gratified for a day or two by the sight of an emu, which was shot by the Governor’s game-killer.  It was remarkable by every stem having two feathers proceeding from it.  It’s height was 7 feet 2 inches, and the flesh was very well flavoured. DavidContinue Reading »

Christmas in the New Colony

Watkin Tench, First Fleet Marine, in his Account of the Settlement of Port Jackson, does not mention how the new settlers celebrated their first Christmas in the young colony.  It is probably more correct to say the manner in which Christmas was observed rather than how Christmas was celebrated. Captain David Collins stated, Christmas-day (1788)Continue Reading »