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Non–Convicts of the First Fleet (COSHA)

Non–Convicts of the First Fleet (COSHA)

Date & Time

January 14, 2023 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Non–Convicts of the First Fleet.

Kerrima-Gae Topp who is well known in history and heritage circles and also as a radio presenter will tell us little heard tales of the brave people who accompanied the convicts on the long journey to this very far land.

On May 13, 1787, a group of over 1,400 people in 11 ships set sail from Portsmouth, England. Their destination was a vaguely described bay in the continent of Australia, newly discovered to Europeans. In a stunning feat of planning and navigation, nearly all of the voyagers survived and arrived in Botany Bay several months later. A wide variety of people made up this legendary “First Fleet.” Military and government officials, along with their wives and children, led the group. Sailors, cooks, masons, and other workers hoped to establish new lives in the new colony. Perhaps most famously, the First Fleet included more than 700 convicts. The settlement at Botany Bay was intended to be a penal colony

Event Organiser: City of Sydney Historical Association (COSHA)

Date: Saturday, 14th January 2023

Time: 2:00pm

Venue: Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street,
Henry Carmichael Theatre, Level 1

Cost:  Members $5, Visitors $10. Booking not required, please pay at the door.


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Everyone Welcome


Image: “The Founding of Australia 1788” by Algernon Talmage in 1937.

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January 14, 2023 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm


Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, Pitt Street, Sydney NSW, Australia

Henry Carmichael Theatre

280 Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000

Level 1


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