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We celebrate Australia Day on the 26th of January. But why do we mark it on that day in particular? To answer that question, Sarah will take you back in time to 1788, to meet some kids who came to Australia on the First Fleet.



Did you know that when the British colonised Australia, they established a penal colony? Captain Arthur Phillip brought the first group of prisoners to Sydney in 1787 on the First Fleet. Watch this clip to find out the stories of some of these convicts.!/media/1957482/


Historical information about Australia in the 1780s, including the First Fleet's arrival, colonisation, cultural differences and communication between the colonists and Indigenous Australians. Designed for use by teachers.


Explore historical sources and items associated with the arrival of the British First Fleet to Australia. Learn more about early settlement and colonial life from the National Library of Australia.


Convict research in Australia. Research guide, timeline, ships, tales and more.

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