If George Worgan had the skills and time to tune and maintain his piano during the First Fleet's journey to Botany Bay, there would have been nothing to prevent him from deriving satisfaction from playing the instrument when conditions ...
Author: Geoffrey Lancaster
Publisher: ANU Press
During the late eighteenth century, a musical–cultural phenomenon swept the globe. The English square piano—invented in the early 1760s by an entrepreneurial German guitar maker in London—not only became an indispensable part of social life, but also inspired the creation of an expressive and scintillating repertoire. Square pianos reinforced music as life’s counterpoint, and were played by royalty, by musicians of the highest calibre and by aspiring amateurs alike. On Sunday, 13 May 1787, a square piano departed from Portsmouth on board the Sirius, the flagship of the First Fleet, bound for Botany Bay. Who made the First Fleet piano, and when was it made? Who owned it? Who played it, and who listened? What music did the instrument sound out, and within what contexts was its voice heard? What became of the First Fleet piano after its arrival on antipodean soil, and who played a part in the instrument’s subsequent history? Two extant instruments contend for the title ‘First Fleet piano’; which of these made the epic journey to Botany Bay in 1787–88? The First Fleet Piano: A Musician’s View answers these questions, and provides tantalising glimpses of social and cultural life both in Georgian England and in the early colony at Sydney Cove. The First Fleet piano is placed within the musical and social contexts for which it was created, and narratives of the individuals whose lives have been touched by the instrument are woven together into an account of the First Fleet piano’s conjunction with the forces of history. View ‘The First Fleet Piano: Volume Two Appendices’. Note: Volume 1 and 2 are sold as a set ($180 for both) and cannot be purchased separately.
The Voyage tells the story of the terrifying voyage made by 1500 men, women and children from England to Australia on the 11 ships of the First Fleet in 1787.
Author: Liz Flaherty
The Voyage tells the story of the terrifying voyage made by 1500 men, women and children from England to Australia on the 11 ships of the First Fleet in 1787. Find out who was on which ship, how the ships travelled south and who was in charge.
Dark Convicts uncovers a little known aspect of Australian colonial history, told from the unique vantage point of a descendant. (Series: UWAP Poetry) [Subject: Poetry]
Author: Judy Johnson
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
It is a little known fact that eleven African American convicts arrived in Australia on the First Fleet in 1788. Two of these ex-slaves were the author's ancestors. In extensively researched poems, award-winning writer Judy Johnson vividly portrays scenes from her black forebearers' lives, both before transportation and afterwards, in the fledgling colony of New South Wales. Dark Convicts uncovers a little known aspect of Australian colonial history, told from the unique vantage point of a descendant. (Series: UWAP Poetry) [Subject: Poetry]
John Hunter was second captain of HMS Sirius, which led the First Fleet of eleven ships to New South Wales.
Author: John Hunter
John Hunter was second captain of HMS Sirius, which led the First Fleet of eleven ships to New South Wales. His account begins with the fitting-out of the Sirius in 1786 and describes the voyage of the ships via Rio de Janeiro and Cape Town to Botany bay. After the squadron's arrival in Port Jackson, Hunter spent the next nine months exploring and charting the coastline. His journal, first published in London in 1793, is one of the earliest and most authoritative records of the beginnings of European settlement in Australia.
InNatural Curiosity, Louise Anemaat uncovers never-before-published works from the artists of the First Fleet, includingconvicts-turned-watercolourists Thomas Watling & John Doody.
Author: Louise Anemaat
Publisher: UNSW Press
InNatural Curiosity, Louise Anemaat uncovers never-before-published works from the artists of the First Fleet, includingconvicts-turned-watercolourists Thomas Watling & John Doody. She unravels the complex network of natural history collectors who spanned the globe eagerly acquiring, copying and exchanging these artworks.Major Exhibition 03/2014.
Rob's First Fleet tells the extraordinary story of the eighteenth century convoy of eleven ships that left England on 13 May 1787 for the 'lands beyond the seas'.
Author: Rob Mundle
The First Fleet - the creation of a nation. Rob Mundle, bestselling maritime biographer of Bligh, Flinders and Cook, is back on the ocean to tell one of the great stories of expedition under sail: the extraordinary eight-month, 17,000-nautical-mile voyage of the First Fleet. With customary sweep and swell, Mundle puts you alongside 48-year-old Captain Arthur Phillip on the quarterdeck of the Royal Navy escort HMS Sirius, as he commands his small armada of eleven ships, carrying over 1400 men, women and children, to the other side of the world. At the heart of Mundle's story of the First Fleet is the extraordinary seamanship of the masters and their crews in their day-to-day workings on individual ships, battling all that nature could throw at them - from disastrous conditions to disease - in order to fulfil the grand plans and strategic visions of politicians and authorities. To arrive in Sydney Cove in January 1788 with all ships intact and such a low loss of life is a tribute to Phillip, his officers and crews, and to the wherewithal and brilliance of eighteenth-century seamanship.
ON 13TH MAY 1787, ELEVEN ENGLISH SHIPS SAILED DOWN THE ATLANTIC THEN EAST ACROSS THE INDIAN OCEAN UNDER AUSTRALIA.1350 MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN ARRIVED IN SYDNEY COVE ON THE 26TH OF JANUARY 1788.THEY ARE KNOWN AS THE FIRST FLEETThis is ...
Author: Joshua J. A. Ebert
ON 13TH MAY 1787, ELEVEN ENGLISH SHIPS SAILED DOWN THE ATLANTIC THEN EAST ACROSS THE INDIAN OCEAN UNDER AUSTRALIA.1350 MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN ARRIVED IN SYDNEY COVE ON THE 26TH OF JANUARY 1788.THEY ARE KNOWN AS THE FIRST FLEETThis is version 2 of a short fictional stage play based on the interaction between the English and the Aboriginals for the weeks around the 26th of January 1788.Some characters are real and some are created. The scenes contain historical information as well as fiction.The idea of how two peoples on vastly different life paths suddenly are forced to live together and exchange life traits is the centrepiece behind the dialogue.This version contains a preview of Act III.