A view of Botany Bay
Print of the 'Sirius' entering Botany Bay to join Arthur Phillip with the advance party of his settlement expedition in the 'Supply', 1788. his may be from Phillip's published account of the First Fleet voyage.
Botany Bay was so named after the abundance of flora and fauna that was found there in May 1770. In June the 'Endeavour' spent seven weeks at Endeavour River where the damage it had sustained on the coral reef was repaired. Eighteen years later eleven ships, the First Fleet, arrived at Botany Bay to set up the first British prison colony in Australia. There were over 1,500 people: 548 male and 188 female convicts, ship's crews, officials, marines, their wives and children. Forty-eight people had died on the voyage. The convicts consisted of English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, black African and American, Jewish, Scandinavian and other peoples.
Robert Cleveley (artist)
Original size: 205 mm x 278 mm
- Image reference: PU2115
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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