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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 »

Stories

Settlement at Port Phillip

The first major white settlements in the colony of New South Wales were at Sydney and Norfolk Island.  The Judge-Advocate, David Collins, returned to England in 1796, later publishing his Account of the Settlement.  However, financial problems and desire for active service led to agitation for a further appointment. He was appointed to lead aContinue Reading »

Port Phillip Settlement Planned

AUSTRALIAN CHRONICLEVol.1, 1810-1810 No.3 PORT PHILLIP SETTLEMENT PLANNEDCaptain Collins in ChargeThe Home Government has approved the proposal for a new settlement to be set up in the Port Phillip district. Captain David Collins, who served as Judge-Advocate under Government Phillip and departed the Colony for Home in 1796, has been appointed to lead an expeditionContinue Reading »

Return from Transportation

Swift and Mercury Mutineers A group of First Fleet convicts were charge with Return from Transportation.  These were convicts involved in the mutiny of the transport ships Swift and Mercury.  The Swift was bound fort Halifax, America, with a number of convicts on board in August 1783.  Some prisoners came aboard at Blackwell on 16Continue Reading »