Captain (later Admiral) Arthur Phillip RN (11 October 1738 – 31 August 1814) was the first Governor of New South Wales and founder of the settlement which became Sydney. Phillip sailed with the First Fleet, as Governor-designate of the proposed British penal colony of New South Wales. In February 1788, he selected its location to be Port Jackson (now Sydney Harbour).
Phillip was the founding Governor of the Colony of New South Wales and 2014 marks the 200th anniversary of his death at his home in Bath, England, on 31 August 1814. Sydney Living Museums announces Governor Arthur Phillip Bicentenary commemorative events. Image credit: The First Governor. Captain Arthur Phillip. Francis Wheatley, 1786. State Library NSW ML 124
A view of Botany Bay. (The first Fleet left England bound for Botany Bay, now a suburb of Sydney. Arthur Phillip the Commander of the Fleet found Botany Bay unsuitable and Chose Sydney Cove a few kilometres north as the site for the settlement.
The Regency Era Timeline 1792: Sydney Cove. Arthur Phillip the 1st Governor of New South Wales returns to England accompanied by the Aboriginal, Bennelong. Bennelong is given a house a point in Sydney Cove that is now the site of the world famous Opera House. (Are you a RAPper or a RAPscallion)