Numerous books have been written on the First Fleet, First
Fleeters and their times. Many of these are held in our
Fleet House Library, and may be accessed in our Reading Room.
The lists so far .... more to be added ...
An Historical Journal 1787-1792 Capt. John Hunter"
Colin Choat (Editor):
Bradley's Voyage to New South Wales"
Colin Choat (Editor) "Arthur
Bowes Smyth's Journal of a Voyage from Portsmouth to New
South Wales and China"
"An Account of the English Colony of NSW
Vol 1 &
John Easty: "Pte
Jno Easty A Memorandum of the Transactions of a Voiage from
England to Botany Bay in The Scarborough transport" -
note digitised images
Paul Fidlon, R J Ryan (Editors): "Ralph
Clark: The Journal and Letters 1787 - 1792"
Paul Fidlon, R J Ryan (Editors):
Journal of Phillip Gidley King: Lieutenant, RN 1787-1790"
Fowell: "The Sirius Letters
The Complete Letters of Newton
David Hill: "1788 The Brutal Truth of the
Robert Hughes: "The Fatal Shore"
Jonathan King: "The First Fleet - The
Convict Voyage that founded Australia 1787 - 1788" - based
on the Journals of William Bradley, Ralph Clark, David
Collins, John Easty, John Hunter, Philip Gidley King, Arthur
Phillip, James Scott, Arthur Bowes Smyth, Watkin Tench, John
White - also from writings of George Worgan, Anonymous
Officer on the Prince of Wales, Officer of the
BorrowdaleDaniel Southwell and Major Ross
Grace Karskens: "People of the River - Lost
Worlds of Early Australia"
Jonathan King: "Australia's First Fleet The
Voyage and the Re-enactment 1788/1988"
Rob Mundle: "The First Fleet"
An Officer: 'Authentic & Interesting
Narrative to Botany Bay by
- Arthur Phillip: "The
Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay with an Account of
the Establishment of the Colonies of Port Jackson and
James Scott: "Remarks
on a Passage to Botany Bay 1787-1792 A First Fleet Journal
- Daniel Southwell:
Tench : A
Narrative of the Expedition to Botany Bay,
Watkin Tench: "A
Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson Including
An Accurate Description of the Situation of the Colony; of
the Natives; and Of Its Natural Productions"
John White: "Journal
of a Voyage to New South Wales"
Ron Withington: "Dispatched Downunder
Tracing the Resting Places of the First Fleeters"
George Worgan: "Journal
of a First Fleet Surgeon"
Keith R Binney: "Horesmen of the First
Frontier (1788 - 1900) and The Serpents Legacy"
Peter Bradley: "Convicted" - of James
Bradley, Convict on the Scarborough
Dianne F Budd: "Into Good Ground A Family
History of Caroline Laycock/Haycock"
Don Chapman: "1788 The People of the First
Lt. Peter Chitty: "The
Bishop of Botany Bay Rev. Richard Johnson
John Cobley: "The
Crimes of the First Fleet Convicts"
Joyce Cowell: "Memorial to a Marine" -
Joyce Cowell & Roderick Cowell Best: "Where
First Fleeters Lie"
James Hugh Donohoe: "The First Fleet
Paul Fidlon, R J Ryan & Joyce Cowell:
"The First Fleeters A Comprehensive listing of convicts,
marines, seamen, officers, wives, children and ships"
Mollie Gillen: "The Founders of Australia,
a Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet Sydney"
Mollie Gillen: "The Search for John Small -
Annegret Hall: "In for the Long Haul: First
Fleet Voyage & Colonial Australia" - Rope & Pulley family
David Hill: "First Fleet Surgeon
The Voyage of Arthur Bowes Smyth
The Forgotten Children of the
Jonathan & John King
Jonathan King: "Mary Bryant. Her Life
& Escape from Botany Bay" - Mary Bryant nee Broad/Braund
Neil MacIntosh: "Richard Johnston Chaplain to the Colony of
"Sailing on the Hibbs Line" - Peter Hibbs
L F McDermott: "The Garth Trilogy & Bellett
Prequel" - Edward Garth, Susannah Gough & Jacob Bellett
"Esther" - Esther Abrahams/Julian
Michael Pembroke: "Arthur Phillip Sailor
Mercenary Governor Spy"
Cassandra Pybus: "Black Founders The Story
of Australia's first Black Settlers" - John "Black" Caesar,
Samuel Chinery, John Coffin, George Francisco,
Daniel/Janel/Jack Gordon, John Martin, Thomas Orford, John
Randall, James "Black Jemmy" Williams, John "Black Jack"
Williams - and also a later arrival William "Billy" Blue.
However First Fleet Sailor George Nelson, a Cook, was not
Valerine Ross: "Cornstalks",
"Hawkesbury Story", "The Everingham Letterbook" &
"Matthew Everingham A First Fleeter and His Times" -
John & Mary Small Descendants Association:
"The Small Family in Australia 1788 - 1988" - updates in
1995 & 2012
C J Smee: "First Fleet Families"
A T Yarwood: "Growing Up in the First
Fleet" - Jane/Jenny Jones (later Rose) daughter of convict