On this day in 1787 – Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth, England, with eleven ships full of convicts (the First Fleet) to establish a penal colony in Australia.

On this day in 1787 – Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth, England, with eleven ships full of convicts (the First Fleet) to establish a penal colony in Australia.

Resource; Then & Now: Stories from the Commons is a 78-page photo book full of historic images from the late 1800s and early 1900s in Australia.

Resource; Then & Now: Stories from the Commons is a 78-page photo book full of historic images from the late 1800s and early 1900s in Australia.

Map of Australia with coloured arrows showing the path of early explorers around the coast of Australia and surrounding islands

Map of Australia with coloured arrows showing the path of early explorers around the coast of Australia and surrounding islands

National Library of Australia - digital collections. Explore the history of Australia through pictures, rare maps, early Australian printed music, audio recordings of oral history and folklore, and selected printed works from Australian and overseas collections

National Library of Australia - digital collections. Explore the history of Australia through pictures, rare maps, early Australian printed music, audio recordings of oral history and folklore, and selected printed works from Australian and overseas collections

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