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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 are:--

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 party.

To maintain Australian traditions and ways of life and to defend our National interests.

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 7000.

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, Wednesday & Thursday, 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.

An important activity is the location and identification of graves of First Fleeters, and a bronze plaque is then attached to the tombsto ne 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 descendants.

To assist with education in Family History research: to encourage and Support the sharing of information.

To promote and participate in social activities of the Fellowship of First Fleeters and other Local history organisations.




The South Coast Chapter had its inaugural meeting on 7th Aug. 2001,  with only a minority present.

Since then we have become a chapter active in keeping heritage alive and sharing in Fellowship.

We have over 50 members who reside from Helensburgh to Burrill Lake with 2 members corresponding from Cootamundra.


Meetings are held in a friendly atmosphere with a relevant program. We hold 9 meetings a year on the 1st Tuesday of February, March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November.  The closest Saturday to May 13th a luncheon is held to remembers those who left Portsmouth with the First Fleet. The 1st Tuesday in December is our Christmas Luncheon.


Venue: Meetings held in the Artisan Room Wests Illawarra Club 1 Hargreaves St Unanderra 2526.  – check Calendar page to confirm details.

Meeting Times 10.00am to 12.30pm

Outings:  to places of historic interest and events applicable to us.

Newsletter: A quarterly newsletter is sent to all financial members.

Membership: 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 family descent.

For further information contact:


Kerrie-Anne Christian 

ph (02) 4267 1488 Email: kerrieannec@gmail.com

Vice President

 Fae McGregor    

ph (02) 42 71 3762 Email: kmc54837@bigpond.com.au







 It is noted that our Chapter meets on the traditional lands of the Dharawal people.


As Descendants of those who arrived on the First Fleet it is acknowledged that the Dharawal people were here when our First Fleet ancestors arrived. This was their land and they have never surrendered it.


In response to the welcome that they have given to us and our ancestors, we, the First Fleet descendants acknowledge respect to all their Elders, both past and present, and seek to respect those who will come.


This acknowledgement is particularly important to come from us, as Descendants of those First Fleeters, because our families have lived in this land of Australia alongside the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, longer than anyone else.


See Fellowship of First Fleeters Acknowledgement of Country





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