Story Guidleines

  1. Stories must be identified by author and the author’s FFF membership number.
  2. Only one biographical story per First Fleeter. A new story may replace an existing story only after the author of the existing story has been notified.
  3. The Chapter reserves the right to proofread stories. Matters within the story may be referred back to the author for clarification before the story is published on the Chapter website. A story may be rejected if it is deemed not relevant to the First Fleet or to Australian history.
  4. Stories are not limited to First Fleeter biographies. Stories may be written about events or the colonial descendants of First Fleeters, or any topic relevant to FFF objectives but all stories must be factual and correctly referenced back to sources.
  5. Examples of biographies/stories can be seen on the FFF website by going to, then selecting a ship. When the ship page opens, available biographies are shown in blue. Other examples can be seen on the Arthur Phillip website at and on the First Fleet Fellowship Victoria Inc website at, on this site select the “Stories” tab.
  6. There is no limit to the length of the story, but authors should keep in mind the biography/story can only be read on the internet, download will not be possible.
  7. For the sake of uniformity, all biographies/stories will have the same format on the website. To facilitate this, stories should be delivered to the Chapter Secretary as a digital file in Microsoft Word document format using 10 point Open Sans, regular font, with only one line space between paragraphs. There should be only one column; first lines of paragraphs should not be indented.
  8. Passages of quoted text should be between double quotation marks; spelling in quoted passages should be as shown in the source document. Quoted text longer than three lines should be indented in a separate paragraph. Citations should be included using the Chicago system (numbered references). Reference numbers should be in superscript
    Arabic numerals. Citations should be shown as endnotes since there will be only one page to the story on the website. See for more detail on the correct format for the Chicago system. Hover the mouse over the “Chicago” tab to select the type of document to be referenced. The Monash University tutorial found at may help to demystify referencing.
  9. If images are included in the story, a separate file for each image should be supplied in jpg format in a file size no larger than 500 kilobytes. The location in the story for each image should be indicated in the Word document by inserting the jpg document name inside square brackets at the appropriate place in the text.