BASET - Commemorating Arthur Phillip

Commemoration for Admiral Arthur Phillip - July 2014

In July 2014 a commemoration for Admiral Arthur Phillip was held in London, Bath and the New Forest.

In attendance at the commemorations were:

  • Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO, Governor of New South Wales  
    Accompanied by:  
         Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE
        Brian  L Davies Esq. LVO, Official Secretary and Chief of Staff
  • Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency The Hon Alexander Downer AC
  • HRH Duke of Edinburgh at Wreath Laying at Westminster Abbey
  • Sir Christopher Benson DL, Chairman Britain-Australia Society Education Trust

8 July 2014 – London
Welcome Reception at Australia House, London

9 July 2014 – London
Dedication of the memorial stone to Admiral Arthur Phillip at Westminster Abbey, London

Wreaths placed on a memorial stone during a Service of Dedication to Admiral Arthur Philip, at Westminster Abbey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 9, 2014. Arthur Phillip was the Governor-Designate of the First Fleet, who founded the colony of New South Wales, which was the beginning of what would become the Commonwealth of Australia. Photo credit should read: Peter Macdiarmid/PA Wire

Photo credit Peter Macdiarmid/PA Wire

11 July 2014 – Bath
Britain-Australia Society West Country Branch Welcome Reception at the Bath Guildhall, Bath

12 July 2014 – Bath
Visit to St Nicholas Church at Bathampton Burial place of Admiral Phillip and his wife Isabella.   The chapel is paved with Wombeyan marble and furnished in Blackbean wood from Australia. The paired Perpendicular style windows are glazed with arms of the Federal Government and the six Australian States, who contributed to this memorial.  The Revd. Paul Burden gave a talk on “Phillip in Bath” in the church.

Guided Walking Tour of Bath by local guides – an Admiral Phillip themed stroll through parts of the city.

Civic Reception in The Great Octagon Room, Bath Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath.  Hosted by the Chairman of Bath & Northeast Somerset Council.

Unveiling of the Admiral Arthur Phillip Memorial 
Located outside the Bath Assembly Rooms outside the North East corner of the Assembly Rooms.  Facing the memorial, Admiral Phillip’s home for 8 years is diagonally behind you on the other side of Bennett Street (at number 19).

Pictured L to R Lord Lieutenant of Somerset Lady Gass, The Hon. Professor Dame Marie Bashir AD DCVO, Governor of NSW and Sir Christopher Benson  Chairman of the Britain-Australia Society Education Trust.

Pictured L to R Lord Lieutenant of Somerset Lady Gass, The Hon. Professor Dame Marie Bashir AD DCVO, Governor of NSW and Sir Christopher Benson Chairman of the Britain-Australia Society Education Trust.    Photo credit Freia Turland

The Admiral Phillip Dinner in the Banqueting Room, Guildhall, Bath.
Address given by:  Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO, Governor of New South Wales.

There has been a Guildhall on the present site in the heart of Bath since Tudor times. The current building was built by Thomas Baldwin in 1775 with its imposing façade it is a masterpiece of neo-classical decoration.

14 July 2014 – Lyndhurst, New Forest

Bell ringing and visit to Appletree Court, New Forest District Council Offices for a celebratory tree planting.

New Forest Centre and Museum – exhibition “Celebrating Arthur Phillip”

Walk of the Lyndhurst Arthur Phillip would have known, The Verderers Court, Church, site of Blind House, stocks, barracks, Crown Inn, etc. to Lyndhurst Park (Glasshayes) and the Bench. Lime Wood although much altered, existed as Park Hill in Phillip’s time so it would have been a house he knew on the edge of his land.

Lymington – a charming Georgian town. Phillip lived in the High Street with his second wife while he was in charge of the Fencibles and Impress Services. They were charged with protecting our coasts in the event of an invasion and providing men for the navy.

Boldre and Boldre Church notable for its connections with Rev. Richard Johnson a former curate who travelled with the First Fleet taking Christianity, education and his farming knowledge to Australia. The school, founded by Rev William Gilpin, his mentor and friend still stands as a private house.  The visit was led by Lt Col. Peter Chitty who has written a leaflet on Rev. Johnson. The church still conducts an Aussie Sunday remembering Rev Johnson first thanksgiving service on the beach.