The Fellowship of First Fleeters is an
organisation composed of descendants of those who arrived in Sydney Cove,
NSW, with the First Fleet on the 26th January, 1788.
Its main Objects
To disseminate a deeper knowledge and
create a greater awareness of the part played by those
Pioneers who arrived in Sydney in 1788.
To ensure that the
Country’s National Day (Australia Day – 26th January,) is
acknowledged in a manner and scale befitting the event.
To encourage an
Australian patriotism and strengthen the bonds of loyalty by all people
living in Australia, irrespective of their birthplace or origin, creed or
Australian traditions and ways of life and to defend our National
To welcome and
extend hospitality to migrants and visitors from overseas.
To foster a love of
Australia and of Australian Literature, History, Art and Music.
“To live on in the hearts and minds of
Descendants is never to die!”
The Fellowship was
formed in 1968 and since its formation membership has increased to over
Our membership is
national including a few members residing overseas. In 1988 we bought our
own building at 105 Cathedral Street Woolloomooloo. First Fleet House is
open Monday to Friday, staffed by volunteers. It was incorporated in 1988.
The Fellowship takes an interest in matters historical, and is active in
all heritage matters relating to the First Fleet.
activity is the location and identification of graves of First Fleeters,
and a bronze plaque is then attached to the tombstone and an unveiling
ceremony is held.
The Fellowship of
First Fleeters has several Chapters outside the Sydney Metropolitan area
A Chapter is
not a separate identity but an extension of the main body of
Fellowship of First Fleeters.
Establishment of a Chapter must be approved by the Executive Committee.
Aims of a Chapter
To support the aims of the Fellowship of First Fleeters
To promote membership and provide information on the
Fellowship of First Fleeters
To promote interest in the First Fleet and their
To assist with education in Family History research: to
Support the sharing of information.
To promote and participate in social activities of the
Fellowship of First Fleeters and other
Local history organisations.
Coast Chapter had it’s inaugural meeting on
with only a
we have become a chapter active in keeping heritage alive and sharing in
We have over
50 members who reside from Helensburgh to Burrill Lake with 2 members
corresponding from Cootamundra.
are held in a friendly atmosphere with a relevant program, members
share in a light lunch & fellowship at the conclusion of the meeting. We
hold 9 meetings a year on the 1st Tuesday of February,
March, April, June, July, August, October, November.
The closest Saturday to May 13th a luncheon is held to
remembers those who left Portsmouth with the First Fleet. The 1st
Saturday in December is our Christmas Luncheon.
Venue: Laurel Room, Dapto Ribbonwood Centre, 93-109 Princes Highway Dapto 2530.
Note: use the 'Heininger St Car
Meeting Times 10.00am to 1.00pm
of historic interest and events applicable to us.
A quarterly newsletter is sent to all financial members.
Once a descendant of a First Fleet arrival joins a chapter, their contact
details are sent to First Fleet
Headquarters. The membership committee
will welcome & assist chapter members to produce lineal proof of their
ph (02) 4271 3762