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Historic medal celebrates Australia’s first 100 years of settlement

January 22, 2016 in Blogs, Education, History, Medals, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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The 11 ships of the First Fleet set sail from Portsmouth, England on 13 May 1787. Aboard were more than 1,300 colonists, including approximately 730 male and female convicts from Britain’s overcrowded prisons. The expedition was under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip, who had accepted instructions from the British Home Secretary, Lord Sydney, to establish Britain’s first colony in Australia.

The ships began arriving in Botany Bay on 18 January 1788, which 17 years earlier had been charted by Lieutenant James Cook. Despite Cook’s indication that the land was suitable for cultivation, Phillip quickly determined that the area would not… Full article at the source>

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