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Captain Arthur Phillip Memorial

Captain Arthur Phillip R.N

Captain Arthur Phillip Memorial

This memorial of Captain Arthur Phillip was originally unveiled in 1953 in front of the former Maritime Services building in The Rocks. It was relocated to its current location the site of the First Government House, in 2014 to commemorate the bicentenary of the Arthur Phillip death.

Admiral Arthur Phillip (1738 – 1814) was a Royal Navy officer and the first Governor of New South Wales who founded the first British penal colony that became the city of Sydney. After a long career in the Royal Navy, Phillip sailed with the First Fleet as Governor-designate of the British penal colony of New South Wales. In January 1788, he selected its location to be Port Jackson in Sydney Harbour.

The arrival of the Second and Third Fleets placed additional pressures on the scarce resources, but by the time Phillip sailed home in 1792, the colony was established with land-grants and systematic farming and water-supply.

Captain Arthur Phillip Memorial

  • Museums:      Captain Arthur Phillip Memorial
  • Unveiled:       1954
  • Original site:  The Rocks
  • Medium:        Sandstone, Bronze
  • Museum:        Museum of Sydney

Arthur Phillip

  • Name:              Arthur Phillip
  • Born:                1738 – Cheapside, London, England
  • Died:                 1814 (aged 75) – Bath, Somerset, England
  • Role:                 1st Governor of New South Wales (1788 – 1792)
  • Wars:
    • Seven Years’ War
    • Spanish-Portuguese War
    • American Revolutionary War
    • Australian Frontier Wars


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Photo Credit: 1)  By (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons