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







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

The office re-opened briefly for volunteers to deal with FFF issues, including membership applications, then closed 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.

This will be in accordance with NSW Government Covid-19 restrictions.*



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 2020-2022.



Sadly Covid-19 Cancellations Continue


Regrettably the FFF annual Australia Day Luncheon was again cancelled for 2022 due to uncertainties regarding the Covid-19 Pandemic.


And now, due to ongoing Covid 19 uncertainties, we have also cancelled our proposed May 13th 2022 Captain Cook Sydney Harbour Cruise/High Tea. It had been intended to celebrate the Sailing of the First Fleet from Portsmouth in 1787.




Have you heard?

There's a proposal for a new FFF Chapter on the Queensland Gold Coast? Stay tuned for updates!







* 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  announced in December 2021

    • WINNER: 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




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