First fleet ships

 
 
In 1788, after more than eight months at sea, the First Fleet landed, transporting some 1500 people to set up a new penal colony for Britain at the far end of the earth.

 

Here they met with Sydney Aborigines, whose numbers then roughly matched those disembarking. This display explores the journey, arrival and first contacts of this fleet’s largely unwilling human cargo.

Now on display

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