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Who was the oldest convict on the First Fleet?

Last Updated: 17th March, 2020

Dorothy Handland

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Subsequently, one may also ask, who was the oldest on the First Fleet?

Dorothy Handland. Dorothy Handland (born Dorothy Coolley; c. 1705/26 -) was perhaps the oldest convict transported on the First Fleet.

Beside above, when did the first convict ship arrived in Australia? January 1788

Similarly, what convicts were on the First Fleet?

The six ships that transported the First Fleet convicts were:

  • Alexander.
  • Charlotte.
  • Friendship.
  • Lady Penrhyn.
  • Prince of Wales.
  • Scarborough.

Who was the most famous convict?

Top 5 Famous Australian Convicts

  1. Francis Greenway. Francis Greenway arrived in Sydney in 1814.
  2. Mary Wade. The youngest ever convict to be transported to Australia at the age of 11.
  3. John 'Red' Kelly. John Kelly was sent to Tasmania for seven years for stealing two pigs, apparently.
  4. Mary Bryant.
  5. Frank the Poet.

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Why did the British send convicts over to Australia?

Between 1788 and 1868, about 162,000 convicts were transported from Britain and Ireland to various penal colonies in Australia. When transportation ended with the start of the American Revolution, an alternative site was needed to relieve further overcrowding of British prisons and hulks.

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What were the 11 ships in the First Fleet called?

a795001h. jpg. The Fleet consisted of two Royal Navy escort ships, HMS Sirius and HMS Supply. They accompanied six convict transports, the Alexander, Charlotte, Friendship, Lady Penrhyn, Prince of Wales and the Scarborough, and three store ships, the Borrowdale, Fishburn and Golden Grove.

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Why was there a First Fleet?

Before 1787 convicts from England had been sent to British colonies in North America. The First Fleet was the first group of ships to carry convicts to the British colony in Australia. Captain Arthur Phillip was in charge and his job was to establish a convict settlement in Australia.

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What did the convicts have to eat on the ships?

Convicts ate bread,hardtack,salted beef or pork,peas,oatmeal,butter,cheese. They also ate rise,fruit,vegetables.

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How many female convicts were sent to Australia?

It's estimated that 164,000 convicts were shipped to Australia between 1788 and 1868 under the British government's new Transportation Act — a humane alternative to the death penalty. Approximately 25,000 of these convicts were women, charged with petty crimes such as stealing bread.

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How many ships were in the First Fleet and what were their names?

The fleet consisted of nine merchant ships – six of them carrying convicts and marines ( Alexander, Charlotte, Friendship, Lady Penrhyn, Prince of Wales and Scarborough) and three loaded with stores and equipment (Borrowdale, Fishburn and Golden Grove) – and two naval vessels, the Sirius and the Supply.

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How old is Australia today?

Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip.

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Who discovered Australia?

The first known landing in Australia by Europeans was by Dutch navigator Willem Janszoon in 1606. Later that year, Spanish explorer Luís Vaz de Torres sailed through, and navigated, Torres Strait islands.

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Where did the first fleet stop?

The First Fleet left Portsmouth, England on 13 May 1787. The entire journey took 252 days (a little over 8 months). From England, the fleet sailed to Australia making stops in Santa Cruz, Rio de Janeiro and Cape Town. They arrived in Botany Bay in mid-January 1788.

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How many babies were born on the first fleet?

It is estimated there were about 50 children on the First Fleet when it arrived at Botany Bay. Over 20 children were born at sea during the eight-month voyage.

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How many people were on the HMS Sirius?

The First Fleet of 11 ships led by HMS Sirius, left Portsmouth in 1787 with more than 1480 men, women and children on board. Although most were British, there were also Jewish, African, American and French convicts.

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What did convicts do on the ships?

The convict quarters had ventilators to let in light and air. The Port end would be reasonably light but the bows dark and gloomy. On some ships, in the early days, convicts were kept below most of the time. In many cases they were restrained in chains and were only allowed on deck for fresh air and exercise.

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How long did it take to sail from England to Australia in the 1700s?

The First Fleet of 11 ships, each one no larger than a Manly ferry, left Portsmouth in 1787 with more than 1480 men, women and children onboard. Although most were British, there were also African, American and French convicts. After a voyage of three months the First Fleet arrived at Botany Bay on 24 January 1788.

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What crimes did convicts commit to be sent Australia?

With 20% of Australians descended from convicts, convict ancestry is for many a badge of honour. But just how criminal were these criminals?

10 common crimes committed by convicts
  • Petty theft.
  • Burglary or housebreaking.
  • Highway robbery.
  • Stealing clothing.
  • Stealing animals.
  • Military offences.
  • Prostitution.
  • Crimes of deception.

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How long was the average convict voyage to Australia?

In all, the scheme involved shipping 736 male and female prisoners a distance of some 14,000 miles. Although the voyage lasted 252 days, the monthly death rate of under seven convicts per 1000 embarked was benign by late-eighteenth century standards.

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Are Australian British?

The majority of Australians are of British – English, Scottish, Welsh, Cornish, or Manx – and Irish ancestral origin (grouped together as "Anglo-Celtic"). Although some observers stress Australia's convict history, the vast majority of early settlers came of their own free will.