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Convicts of the First Fleet

Convicts on the First Fleet

A searchable database of 780 First Fleet convicts. It does not contain information about the other 200 sailors, marines and officers who sailed with them.


The convict voyages

Life in 18th Century Britain

The First Fleet

There were eleven ships in the First Fleet including two naval ships, six convict ships and three storeships for supplies. The ships were specially built for the long eight month voyage which had to carry prison chambers for the convicts, and also carry food and animals. Leaving from Portsmouth on the 13 May 1787 and arrived in Botany Bay on 18 January 1788, the new settlers set out to start a new colony. 


Life in the Colony

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