Free Settler or Felon

Newcastle and Hunter Valley

Convict & Colonial History

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Free Settler or Felon is an on-going project gathering details of the lives of people who lived in the Hunter Valley, Newcastle and Central Coast in the early days of settlement. Broadly they are classified by their status on arrival - convict or free

Voyage Of The First Fleet

Each ship entry on the map above has been compiled from First Fleet Journals. The writers all contribute different perspectives of the voyage depending on their status in life.

The grey weather icons on the Map above are entries from William Bradley's Journal pinpointing exact locations and the weather recorded on the Sirius.

The progress of the Fleet can be followed until 25 November by using these grey icons or the blue Sirius icons.

Magnify the map above by scrolling then click on the ship icons to read Extracts from Journals of the First Fleet. Each ship of the Fleet is represented by a different colour. Enlarge the map by clicking the icon on the top right.

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Members of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori communities are advised that this site contains names and images of deceased people.

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