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This is Bare Island in Botany Bay. This bay has particular historical significance for Australia, as it was the place where Englishman Captain James Cook first landed on the Australian continent (in 1770). Botany Bay was so named because of the wide variety of botanical species that were found by Cook's botanist Joseph Banks. The place was originally intended as a penal colony, a dumping ground for Britain's convicts. In January 1788 the First Fleet of eleven ships landed in Botany Bay under the captaincy of Captain Arthur Phillip. The Fleet had left Plymouth 252 days earlier, carrying 1,420 people, 775 of whom were convicts. 1,373 people survived the terrible voyage, surviving a small pox outbreak, scurvy, malnutrition and extreme weather.

Whilst the initial landing was in Botany Bay, it was later decided that Sydney Harbour (Port Jackson) provided better shelter and facilities. Accordingly the Fleet sailed north, planted the British flag and established the first colony in Australia, Sydney.

You might recognise this island from the Mission Impossible II film.

Here is the list of the First Fleet ships:

Naval Escorts Sirius & Supply
Food & Supply Transports Golden Grove, Fishburn & Borrowdale
Lady Penrhyn
Alexander
Charlotte
Friendship
Scarborough
Prince of Wales

Canon 5D MkII
ISO 200
f/14
4 seconds
32mm
Lee grey-graduated filter 0.9
Tripod

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  • Copyright: Lisa DP (delpeoples) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5632 W: 351 N: 12448] (60326)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-04-00
  • Categories: Nature
  • Map: view
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-04-26 23:59
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