First Fleet Flag Memorial

First Fleet Flag Memorial, public art, Sydney

Public Art: First Fleet Flag Memorial

Architect/designer: Unknown

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.

Date Unveiled:

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 January, 1788.

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

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