First Fleet Memorial
Public Art : First Fleet Memorial in Sydney
Date Unveiled :
First Fleet Memorial
This memorial commemorates the voyage and arrival in Sydney of the First Fleetwhich brought to
Australia its first European settlers under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip. R.N. The Fleet
sailed from Portsmouth on 13th May, 1787, and anchored in Sydney Cove at a spot just north of this
memorial on 26th January, 1788.
The Fleet comprised eleven ships, H.M.S SIRIUS flagship, H.M.S. SUPPLY an armed tender, Six transports
ALEXANDER, LADY PENRHYN, CHARLOTTE, SCARBOROUGH, FRIENDSHIP, and the PRINCE OF WALES, together with
three store ships FISHBURN, GOLDEN GROVE and BORROWDALE. At departure they carried a total complement
of about 1487 who embarked at Plymouth, Portsmouth and the Thames.
The plinth of the memorial was donated by the Fellowship of The First Fleeters, all of whom are direct
descendants of those who arrived with the First Fleet. The granite block above the plinth was quarried
at Dartmoor, England and donated to the City of Sydney by the City of Portsmouthas a return gift from a
similar block of granite from N.S.W. given to them by the City.It was set in place the Lord Mayor of
Sydney on the 2nd of July, 1980.
The sculpture , Bonds Of Friendship, was presented by the Bank of N.S.W. It is a companion piece to the
one proposed by the Lord Mayor's Australian Settlers Commemoration Comittee of Portsmouth and which is
located near the Sally Port at Portsmouth Harbour through which Captain Phillip and many of his fellow
voyagers passed on their way to embark.
The Bonds of Friendship symbolizes the closeness of the ties that were forged between Portsmouth and
Sydneyas a result of the the voyage of the First Fleet and represents a links in a chain joining both
cities . It was designed by John Robinson. The donor , The Bank of New South Waleswas the first bank
and the first corporation established in Australia.
The Bonds of Friendship was unveiled on the 17th of September, 1980.
His Excellency Sir Zelman Cowan, A.K., G.C.M.G., G.C.V.O., K.ST.J., Q.C.
Governor General of Australia
Alderman Nelson Meers
L.P. Carter O.B.E.
Mrs B. Lewis - President
Fellowship of the First Fleeters
Sir Nopi Foley O.B.E.
President Bank of New South Wales
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