First Fleet Memorial

A major First Fleet memorial was opened at the Pioneer Memorial Park at Matraville N.S.W. 0n the 13 May, 2016

Some exciting news just in from Karys Fearon (FFF Chapter Liaison Officer)

Plaques Director Ray Keating first suggested last year that a Fellowship plaque be installed at Matraville (Sydney) to remember those First Fleeters whose remains had originally been at the Devonshire St., Sydney burial ground and then re-interred at Matraville.
Over the past few months Ray has been working very hard advising and assisting the Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park as they prepare a major new First Fleet memorial there.

This memorial is a significant acknowledgment of the First Fleet and will help to promote an increased public awareness of our First Settlers.
It is hoped that it will become a valuable educational tool for the younger generation to learn about the First Fleet.
All this is at no cost to the Fellowship except for some volunteer hours.
What is planned for Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park would have to be the biggest and most detailed memorial to the First Fleet (at least in Sydney).
Is it better than the one at Wallabadah? That will have to wait until those who have been to Wallabadah see the one at Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park and pass judgement.

First Fleet Memorial – Pioneer Memorial Park

  •  The new memorial is in “Pioneer Memorial Park”, a small section of Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park, which is located between Military Rd and Bunnerong Rd. in Matraville.
  •  Pioneer Memorial Park in just inside the gate on Bunnerong Rd, but there is no street address for this gateway. If you are driving towards La Perouse on Bunnerong Road the gate is at the start of the cemetery on your right, and the parking area is opposite the gate on your left. If you miss the gate go about 500 m to a roundabout at Little Bay Rd on your left, then go around the roundabout and come back to the gate and parking area.
  •  There is a bus service No 391 from Central in Eddy Ave and stops at the Cemetery in Bunnerong Rd, however not all 391 buses stop at the cemetery and you will need to check before traveling. The bus ride takes about 40 minutes.


What will be there?

  •  There will be a walled garden 23 m long featuring 15 display panels and some monuments.
  •  The display panels are granite with a black insert which is engraved with information on both sides.
  •  The information that will be displayed on the panels includes names of all who sailed on the ships, and a short story of each of the 12 First Fleeters who were reinterred at what today is known as Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park.
  •  Other stories include information on Arthur Phillip, Sirius & its Anchor and Reverend Richard Johnson.

The 12 First Fleeters honoured there:

Pioneer Memorial Park Sign

The crowd at the memorial park opening ceremony.

One of the black marble plaques - this one tells the story of William Tyrrell, a convict on the Alexander.

Headstone of George Howe (1769-1821)

Rows of relocated headstones

Relocated headstones.

Relocated headstones.

Relocated headstones.

Relocated headstones.

Monument - Sirius anchor. The original is located at Macquarie Place Park, Sydney, NSW.

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