*First Fleet House was closed due to the Greater Sydney Covid - 19 Lockdown in June - October 2021.

The office has re-opened for volunteers to deal with FFF issues, but will close from December 8 2021 for the Christmas New Year Holiday Season, to re-open on January 31 2022.

It is planned that FFF Members will be able to visit by appointment in 2022*



General Email enquiries can be sent to

Membership related emails can be sent to


Thank you for your understanding during the challenging times we have experienced in 2020-2021.




Sad News - Regrettably the FFF annual Australia Day Luncheon has again been cancelled for 2022 due to uncertainties regarding Covid-19 Pandemic


However there is a proposal  for a Captain Cook Cruise on Sydney Harbour with High Tea to celebrate the Sailing of the Fleet from Portsmouth in 1787 to be held on Friday 13.05.2022




Three of our FFF Directors, John Boyd, Karys Fearon and Kevin Thomas, decided to retire at our October 2021 AGM and several new Directors were elected, Brooke Smith and Tony Negline.


Two additional new Life Memberships were awarded at the October 2021 AGM - Wendy Selman and Kevin Thomas.



Have you heard?

There's proposal for a new FFF Chapter on the Queensland Gold Coast?







* What's New & Updated on the Website *




* What We're Reading* 

  • Have you seen the Non-Fiction books short-listed for the Prime Minister's Awards for Australian history - winners to be announced in December 2021

    • People of the River: Lost Worlds of Early Australia, Grace Karskens, Allen & Unwin
    • The Convict Valley: The Bloody Struggle on Australia's Early Frontier, Mark Dunn, Allen & Unwin
    • Ceremony Men: Making Ethnography and the Return of the Strehlow Collection, Jason M. Gibson, State University of New York Press
    • Pathfinders: A History of Aboriginal Trackers in NSW,  Michael Bennett, NewSouth Publishing
    • Representing Australian Aboriginal Music and Dance 1930-1970, Amanda Harris, Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Babette Smith OAM: " Australia's Birthstain"

  • Cassandra Pybus: "Black Founders"

  • Biography of First Fleeter Esther Julian - Johnson nee Abrahams from FFF Journal 1971 - Volume 2 No.1




First Fleet House

Office Address:

First Fleet House,

105 Cathedral St.


Sydney, NSW, 2011


Phone: 02 9360 3788



OFFICE HOURS Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 

10.00am to 3.00pm

*Note; If visiting FF House to do Research, please

Telephone beforehand and make an appointment.


 Note: FFF House continues to be closed during the Greater Sydney Covid-19 June - October 2021 Lockdown - will reopen to members by appointment in 2022 - more information on the News page

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