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 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 »


Maria Nash (Haynes)

Her story, told by descendant Rosemary SMITH Rosemary joined the First Fleet Fellowship in September 1987 and holds certificate number 181.  When asked how and when she found out that she was a descendant of First Fleeters, she seemed a little surprised by the question and said “I guess it’s something we’ve always known.” HereContinue Reading »

Andrew Goodwin : Lydia Munro

ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the first campaign that led to major casualties for Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War, 100 years ago.  The acronym ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, whose soldiers were known as ANZACS.  Australia is commemorating this most important centenary period 2014 toContinue Reading »

Henry Waterhouse

Midshipman Henry Waterhouse arrived with the First Fleet aboard HMS Sirius. He was the eldest son of William and Susanna (Brewer) Waterhouse, born 13 December 1770 and christened 28 December 1770 at St James Middlesex.  William had be page to the Duke of Cumberland who was Henry’s god-father.  He entered the navy at an earlyContinue Reading »