• Admiral Arthur Phillip

    Admiral Arthur Phillip RN Commemoration

    Arthur Phillip was the Governor-Designate of the First Fleet, which originally founded the colony of New South Wales, and was the beginning of what would eventually become the nation of Australia.

    In 1787 the British Government sent then Captain Arthur Phillip RN, as Commander of the First Fleet and Governor-designate of New South Wales, to sail half a world away via Rio de Janeiro and the Cape of Good Hope to Botany Bay.

    Following the American War of Independence (1777-83), the Government in London had sought a new destination for convicts. Of several possibilities considered, the recommendation of Captain James Cook and Sir Joseph Banks was accepted. Arthur Phillip’s First Fleet of eleven ships carried convicts, Marines, officials, a few wives, and supplies. On arrival at Botany Bay after a voyage of eight months, Phillip quickly found a better location for settlement, in what he named Sydney Harbour, and there founded and governed New South Wales. Successful modern Australia owes its establishment, against huge obstacles, and with remarkable leadership, vision, humanitarianism and inspiration, to Governor Arthur Phillip, whom Sir Anthony Eden called “one of the most eminent men of the eighteenth Century”. Admiral Arthur Phillip RN, as he became, remains an under-sung hero.

    The Britain-Australia Society instigated a number of projects to recognise this great man. These came to fruition in the bicentenary year of Phillip’s death, 2014. The projects comprise:

    •  a significant new memorial stone in a prime position within the floor of Westminster Abbey
    • an specially-commissioned armillary sphere in the centre of Bath
    • A bursary appeal to fund scholarships and apprenticeships following Phillip’s principles and ideals

    To see the appeal’s brochure click the image below:

    The covering letter from the Chairman is here:
    Cover Letter.

    To make a donation please download this form:
    Donation form.

    Or click here:
     Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving

    Here is a link to the events that were held around the commemorations:

    The detailed programme


    Contact the office to find out how you can get involved in this project.

    We recently ran the London launch of a new book on Phillip by Michael Pembroke. Michael’s introductory speech can be seen here.

    The Hon. Justice James Spigelman, Chairman of the ABC, gave the address at the Australian launch of Michael Pembroke’s book, referring also to the Arthur Phillip Memorials project. Quadrant Magazine has kindly allowed us to publish a link to the speech here.





    The Britain-Australia Society Corporate Partner

    The Commonwealth Bank of Australia is the founding Corporate Partner of the Britain-Australia Society and we are most appreciative of their ongoing financial, practical and moral support.

    Britain-Australia Society Corporate Partner
    • Britain-Australia Society Sponsors
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    The Britain-Australia Society Sponsors

    The organisations shown have all committed to supporting this year’s events. Many thanks to them.

    Commonwealth Bank Australia, CPA AustraliaEtihadCA ANZ,
    Godiva ChocolatierTait Memorial Trust and Vestey Foods Group.