Westminster Abbey London  

A Service to Dedicate a Memorial to

Admiral Arthur Phillip RN

9th July 2014


It was very emotional to see the Australian Flag flying proudly atop this great Abbey and to hear this Congregation singing Advance Australia Fair.

A day Kevin & I will never forget.





It was a privilege to be invited to attend this historic event and to represent the Fellowship of First Fleeters

South Coast Chapter. 


There were approx. 700 present with many others from Australia FFF, Pioneer and Historic Groups. 

The Britain-Australia Society , Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO

Governor of NSW, His Excellency The High Commissioner of Australia to the Court of St James  

Alexander Downer AC and many high ranking Naval Personnel and Naval Students, The Lord Mayor of

Westminster and representatives from the House of Commons & the Prime Minister along with The 

Westminster Abbey Dean, Canon and staff joined together with His Royal Highness The Prince Philip,

Duke of Edinburgh to honour and celebrate work of Admiral Arthur Phillip.  


The Memorial Stone is laid in the Nave alongside memorials to the Unknown Soldiers, David Livingstone and Isaac Newton.  It is a block of beautifully engraved Sydney Sandstone, a permanent memorial to this modest, world class seaman whose selfless service laid the secure foundations on which the Commonwealth of Australia was developed.  


The Westminster Abbey Special Service Choir and the Organ leading the Congregation in hymns, prayers,

Bible readings, wreath laying & reflections made this a very special Service.  

Fae and Kevin McGregor

Arthur Phillip Plaque in Lymington


A letter to NSW  Governor, Marie Bashir

Dear Governor

It was great to be in Lymington when you kindly unveiled the plaque in memory of Arthur Phillip. We had long hoped for a plaque in his memory at that very spot but had never dreamed it would be unveiled by the Governor of New South Wales.


Your visit to the New Forest left many local people with happy memories. It would seem a pity if this warmth of feeling between New South Wales and the New Forest was allowed to fade. Perhaps it would be possible to consider or foster a friendship link or twinning between NSW and the New Forest, Arthur Phillip’s home territory. We are hoping that Australia Day will be marked each year throughout the Forest by the Parish and Town Councils in addition to the service held each

year at Boldre Church.

Thank you once again for everything you did to make the visit such a success.




Bev Major,

Arthur Phillip Awareness Society 


Copyright Fellowship of First Fleeters South Coast Chapter