First Fleet Flag Memorial
Public Art: First Fleet Flag Memorial
Description: A sandstone plinth with
flagpole to commemorate the location where the first ceremony of the saluting of the English flag by Captain Arthur
Phillip took place, following the arrival of the First Fleet.
Location: The First Fleet Flag mast is located on
Loftus Street opposite Jessie Street Gardens, Sydney (CBD), Australia.
The Council of The City of Sydney
This flag mast was erected to commemorate the location at which the first ceremony of saluting the flag
by Captain Arthur Phillip.R.N. and his company took place to mark the foundation of Australia on 26th
The location was determined by a committee of enquiry comprising
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of N.S.W.
The Hon. L.J. Herron. C.M.G.
The surveyor General of N.S.W.
Mr C Elphinstone
The Director of Parks
Mr C.S.Garth A.R.A.I.A., M.A.P.I.
And appointed by the council of the City of Sydney at a meeting held on the 5th August, 1963.
26th January 1967
J.M. Luscombe - Town Clerk
John Armstrong - Lord Mayor
The flag flown from this mast is a replica of the Union Flag which was used at the Foundation of
Australia, January 26th , 1788.
Off plaque on wall of Customs House
This plaque was unveiled by
His Excllency Air Marshall Sir James Rowland
A.C., K.B.E., A.F.C.
Governor of New South Wales
26th January, 1988
To commemorate the Bicentenary of the founding of the colony of New South Wales
Hon.B.J. Junsworth M.P.,
Premier of New South Wales
Sir Eric Neil, Chief Commissioner,
Council of the City of Sydney