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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

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 »

Scarborough

Scarborough was named after the town on the East Coast of England where it was built in 1782.  She was a 430 ton, three-masted cargo ship; 111 feet 6 inches (34 m) long and 30 feet 2 inches (9.2 m) Continue Reading »

Stories

Watkin Tench

was a soldier and writer, who was born at Chester on 6 October 1758 in the county of Cheshire in England. He joined the Royal Marine Corps, Plymouth division, as a Second Lieutenant in 1776, and served in the American War of Independence, during which he was a prisoner-of-war for some months. In December 1786,Continue Reading »

Frances Davis : Mary Marshall

Many of the girls who arrived aboard the Lady Penrhyn became friends.  They came from similar backgrounds and circumstances and supported each other during the long voyage and in Port Jackson.  Two of these women were Frances Davis 22 and Mary Marshall 29, who is not to be confused with the other Mary Marshall, alsoContinue Reading »

Rebecca Boulton

Mother and child were buried within a week of each other at Sydney Cove in April 1788.  The child Rebecca Bolton/Boulton was born in Lincoln Gaol around April 1786 as her mother Rebecca awaited embarkation on the Prince of Wales.  It was stated at her trial, that as Rebecca Gibson, she had married Thomas BoltonContinue Reading »