Art of the First Fleet
Depicts the Australian natural history, the people and culture of the local indigenous population and the formative years of the first European colony, as seen through the colonists' eyes. Learn More
In 1788, nearly fifteen-hundred people on eleven sailing ships came ashore at Port Jackson in Australia after a gruelling eight month journey from England. This collection of vessels later became known as the First Fleet, and those who sailed in them were the community who established the first European colony in Australia.
The Art of the First Fleet depicts the natural history of this extraordinary land, the people and culture of the local indigenous population and the events that marked these initial formative years. It is a captivating collection of watercolours, washes, ink and pencil drawings, as seen through the eyes of the colonists who laid the foundations for the European settlement of Australia.
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