Main content area

‘We got into Port Jackson where we found there great...

‘We got into Port Jackson where we found there great Rejoicing for our Arivel. They Were Verry Short of provisions and Supposed Our Ship to be Lost…

Jacob Nagle, from his Memoir , one of the First Fleet journals held by the State Library of New South Wales.

On May 8th 1789, HMS Sirius returned from the Cape of Good Hope after a journey of seven months, carrying vital provisions for the penal colony at Sydney Cove. The food shortage had become very serious and strict rationing was in place.

The Sirius carried 56 tons of wheat, barley and flour which would last 4 months, as well as other items requested by Surgeon White.