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Blog post from Saturday, 25 January, 2014

A View of Botany Bay, from The voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay : with an account of the establishment of the colonies of Port Jackson & Norfolk Island by Arthur Phillip.

On this day in 1788, the colonists prepared to move to Port Jackson the following day.

Some members of the First Fleet kept a diary to record their experiences on the voyage and at the new colony. Others sent detailed letters home describing events to their family and friends, far away in England.

Read more about the Library’s collection of First Fleet diaries and letters.