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They Did Not Come Alone

The First Fleet was that extraordinary venture when, under the command of Captain, later Admiral, Arthur Phillip, eleven ships sailed from Portsmouth on May 13, 1787, with about 1487 people to establish the first European colony in Australia. They did not come alone. Captain Phillip did not only bring people and provisions—he brought institutions which are with us today and which have made this nation. Those institutions—and the concepts and ideas behind them—are not the property of the Anglo-Saxons of Australia, to the extent that there are still people whose lineage over the last two hundred and twenty-three years can…

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