There were eleven ships in the First Fleet. They were all small ships that included two naval ships, six convict ships and three storeships for supplies. This is a picture of the flagship Sirius, which carried Captain Aurthur Philip first govermor of NSW. It was wrecked off Norfolk Island in 1790 and its wreck was given National Heritage status in 2011.

The wreck of a First Fleet ship which once carried Governor Phillip has been given National Heritage status.

Tips for researching convicts - early life and voyage to Australia. (image:  "A Fleet of Transports under Convoy" / mezzotint print published by Carrington Bowles http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/item/itemDetailPaged.aspx?itemID=153543

LIAC Crime Library is a collection of well-known criminal cases designed as a resource for HSC Legal Studies students and teachers. From the collection of the State Library of NSW.

Convicts building road over the Blue Mountains, N.S.W. 1833.

Charles Rodius Convicts building a road over the Blue Mountains, NSW, - Convicts in Australia

Chain gang: convicts going to work near sydney NSW by Edward Blackhouse c.1842. Taken from, 'Charles Dickens' Australia. Selected essays from Household Words 1850-1859. Book One: Convict Stories'

Chain gang: convicts going to work near sydney NSW by Edward Blackhouse Taken from, 'Charles Dickens' Australia. Selected essays from Household Words Book One: Convict Stories'

Convicts NSW (SLNSW Research Guide) Find resources to help you research the life of a convict ancestor sent to New South Wales.  (Image "Convicts" Letter writing at Cockatoo Island N.S.W." From the State Library of NSW Collection http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/item/itemDetailPaged.aspx?itemID=147375

Convicts letter writing at Cockatoo Island "Canary Birds", Philip D. Vigors, State Library of New South Wales

This webpage from the NSW Parliament briefly describes the early European settlement of New South Wales between 1788 and 1810. The page describes the convict settlement in Sydney, the early Governors of New South Wales, the Rum Rebellion and the beginnings of a judicial system.

The British colony of New South Wales was established in 1788 as a penal colony

Thanks Barbara for this brilliant work.

Irish Convicts to Botany Bay Brought to Life by Author

Convict SYDNEY

Convict Sydney - Hyde Park Barracks Museum - Museums & Attractions - Time Out Sydney


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