About the Collection

“A View of Botany Bay.” An engraving of the First Fleet in Botany Bay at voyage’s end in 1788, by an unknown artist from The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay (London: John Stockdale, Picadilly, 1789).

St. John’s First Fleeters is a collection of biographies about the 17 First Fleeters with memorial plaques buried at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta and two feature essays about the history and significance of the cemetery.

The collection, edited by Michaela Ann Cameron, is being researched and written by a team of historians. The biographical essays are being published gradually throughout 2016 – 2018.

Over 50 First Fleeters are buried in the cemetery, but the majority have no memorial plaques and lie in unmarked graves. Ultimately, a complete list of the First Fleeters buried at the cemetery will appear on this page.

Augustus Alt: The Baron

Frances Hannah Clements: The Convict’s Child

Henry Dodd: The Faithful Servant

Thomas Eccles: The Swine Connoisseur

Edward Elliott: The Husbandman

Thomas Freeman (coming soon)

Deborah Herbert (coming soon)

John Herbert: From Felon to Farmer

Hugh Hughes: The Wheelwright Made Right

Mary Kelly: The First Lady of Kellyville

David Killpack: The Merry Mutineer

Isaac Knight: The Trusty Sergeant

John Martin: The Self-Freed Slave

Jane McManus: The Maid Freed from the Gallows

Christopher Palmer (coming soon)

John Palmer: The Purser, The P.O.W

James Wright: The Highwayman


Authors: Michaela Ann Cameron, Judith Dunn, Penny Edwell, David Morgan, Danielle Thyer, Ben Vine.

Editing, Multimedia, and Publishing: Michaela Ann Cameron

Research Assistance: Jennifer Follers, The Fellowship of First Fleeters