The First Fleet Journals at the State Library of New South Wales

Sirius and convoy entering Botany Bay, by Lieutenant William Bradley, State Library of NSW

The State Library of New South Wales is home to the world’s largest collection of First Fleet journals and correspondence.

This important collection was recently added to the UNESCO Australia Memory of the World Register.

The journals of key historical figures such as William Bradley, Arthur Bowes Smyth and Ralph Clark and correspondence from the likes of Arthur Phillip and William Dawes provide a personal insight in to the voyage to Australia and the conditions of the early days of the colony.

Extracts from the journals are available to read at the State Library of New South Wales website.

The SEARCH project will make use of this valuable resource to obtain meteorological information and to understand the impacts of weather events on the colony.