Event Organiser: City of Sydney Historical Association (COSHA)
Cost: $3 COSHA Members
$5 SMSA Members and General Entry
No bookings required.
Join Michael Pembroke, a writer, naturalist and judge of the Supreme Court of NSW, for a talk on Governor Arthur Phillip, for the City of Sydney Historical Association.
Having selected Botany Bay as the replacement for their former North American colonies and as the place to transport prisoners from Britain’s overcrowded gaols, they adopted a new enlightened attitude which would see New South Wales offer their convict population the opportunity to redeem themselves and become model settlers in a new land. In choosing Arthur Phillip to help plan and implement this new policy, history shows us that the British Government chose the right man.
Not only did he successfully lead the biggest and longest fleet transporting convicts through largely uncharted waters ever attempted to that time, but he did so with minimal loss of life due to his policies and practices to protect all concerned from the diseases normally endemic on long sea voyages.