Table Bay, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

14 October to 12 November 1787

Watercolour painting of the First Fleet voyage.

Cape Town, Table Mountain &c; Sirius & convoy in Table Bay, November, 1787. William Bradley, watercolour from his journal ‘A Voyage to New South Wales’, 1802+. State Library of New South Wales: safe 1/14.

At the Cape of Good Hope Governor Phillip purchased more plants that he hoped would thrive in the new settlement, including fig, quince, apple and pear trees, bamboo, sugar cane, grape vines and strawberry plants. Various livestock as described in 1788 by Surgeon George Worgan was also purchased and loaded on board HMS Sirius and the three storeships (the female convicts on Friendship were transferred to other ships to make way for the sheep):

As that was the last civilized Country We should touch at, in our Passage to Botany Bay We provided ourselves with every Article, necessary for the forming a civilized Colony, Live Stock, consisting of Bulls, Cows, Horses Mares, Colts, Sheep, Hogs, Goats Fowls and other living Creatures by Pairs. …Thus Equipped, each Ship like another Noah’s Ark, away we steered for Botany Bay.

The voyage