The Colonization of Australia


The colonization of Australia commenced with the arrival of the first fleet of eleven ships which sailed into Port Jackson, now Sydney Harbour, under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip on the 26th January 1788.  Some fifteen years on, in 1803, early colonial newspapers of the time describe the establishment of the Cumberland Hunt after the officers’ corps and the free settlers began to yearn for many of the pleasures of the old country.

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