'A View of the West side of Norfolk Island and the manner in which the crew and provisions were saved out of His Majesty’s Ship the Sirius, taken from the West side of Turtle Bay after she was wreck’d'

'A View of the West side of Norfolk Island and the manner in which the crew and provisions were saved out of His Majesty’s Ship the Sirius, taken from the West side of Turtle Bay after she was wreck’d'

Port Jackson Painter
Watercolour and ink, c1790 © The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London
Watling collection

Flagship of the First Fleet, HMS Sirius was wrecked on 19 March 1790 as it tried to land at Norfolk Island, off the east coast of Australia.

The captain, John Hunter, kept a journal in which he described his efforts to save the ship’s crew and provisions, and the nervous days that passed as they waited almost a year to be taken off the island.

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The Art of the First Fleet book

The Art of the First Fleet book

Enjoy rare watercolours, ink and pencil drawings and some of the only visual records of the lives of the indigenous Eora people of Australia.

These beautiful illustrations, by artists on board the First Fleet, document the sights witnessed by the first Europeans to colonise Australia.

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