The First Fleet Departed

The First Fleet (comprising eleven ships of which six were convict transports conveying around seven hundred convicted felons) departed Portsmouth on the 13th of May, 1787 bound for New South Wales, Australia. The fleet dropped anchor in Botany Bay between the 18th and 20th of January, 1788.

Over 162,000 convicted felons were transported to the Australian colonies between the years 1788 and 1868.

To this day many Australians proudly continue in the pattern of their forefathers.

Jack Plane

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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5 Responses to The First Fleet Departed

  1. Felons? Only the finest type though!


  2. Glen says:

    Very amusing Jack. Dry, but amusing. Dry as a Pommy towel in fact. I know only too well about us good old colonials following in the footsteps of our forefathers. Damn our colonial inferiority and God bless you chaps’ stiff upper lips!

    Tally ho


  3. D.B. Laney says:

    Our experience in the North American colonies seems to be very similar to your “experiment down under”. I must say, however, that I’m especially pleased that Aussies like Elle and Nicole elected to follow the footsteps of the foremothers. There’s nothing worse than a woman who can both outdrink you and knock you on your arse.


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