The First Fleet

Captain Arthur Phillip sailed with the First Fleet from Portsmouth, England in May, 1787.

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See the route marked on a map of the world (.pdf 846kB).

Research the route taken and show the First Fleet’s journey on this map (.pdf 841kB) using an interactive whiteboard. If you have Adobe Acrobat Pro, use the Tools menu, or print (.pdf 841kB) the map and draw and label the journey taken from England to Australia.

Drawing of Sydney Cove showing two sailing ships in the foreground and vegetation to the shoreline in the background

Sydney Cove, Port Jackson 1788

View more images of William Bradley’s watercolour drawings from his journal ‘A voyage to New South Wales’ 1802.