The Fellowship of First Fleeters is an organisation composed of Descendants who arrived in Sydney Cove, NSW, with the First Fleet on the 26th January, 1788. Membership also extends to Partners of Descendants and to those Friend members who have an interest in the First Fleet. More information about Fellowship of Fleeters can be found at its Website. 

The South Coast Chapter has over 50 members, who reside from Helensburgh to Moruya, with 2 members corresponding from Cootamundra, though the South Coast area encompasses the Local Government Areas of Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and Bega Valley. Our Chapter is one of The Fellowship of First Fleeters’ Chapters outside the Sydney Metropolitan area. There are also Chapters in other States of Australia. A Chapter is not a separate identity but an extension of the main body of Fellowship of First Fleeters, and its establishment must be approved by the Executive Committee. 

After a preliminary meeting in July 2001, we had our inaugural Chapter meeting on  7th August 2001, and since then our chapter has been active in keeping heritage alive, and sharing in Fellowship. Our Founding Members were Barry Roberts, Keith and Joan Phipps, Pam and Warwick Grace, Kay and Allan North, Betty Warn, Jean & Terry Mortimer, Peter Goard, Bob and Pam Harvey. Twenty years later, Joan Phipps, Pam and Warwick Grace remained as active members of our Chapter. 


Members of our Chapter at an earlier Birthday meeting in the Old Wollongong Court House c.2005 are shown above – half of whom remain actively involved in the Chapter.


Our monthly meetings are held in a friendly atmosphere with a relevant program, often with visiting speakers. At meetings held at the Ribbonwood Community Centre, Dapto, our members share in a light lunch & fellowship at the conclusion of meetings, or a Devonshire morning tea when at The Cafe, St Lukes, Dapto.

We hold 9 meetings a year on the 1st Tuesday of February, March, April, June, July (AGM), August, September, October, November – photos.

The August monthly meeting is our annual Winter Warm Soup & Fellowship – Birthday meeting – photos.

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Meeting Venue: Meetings are held in the Scribbly Gum Room, Dapto Ribbonwood Community Centre, 93-109 Princes Highway Dapto 2530, or alternatively, at The Café St Lukes Anglican Moombara St Dapto 2530 – check Calendar page to confirm details.


Meeting Times: 10.00am to 1.00pm


On the closest Saturday to May 13th a luncheon is held to remember those who left Portsmouth on the First Fleet on May 13 1787 – photos.

The  first Tuesday in December is our annual Christmas Luncheon – photos.

Members also attend the Fellowship of First Fleeters annual Australia Day Luncheon in Sydney – photos.

Outings & Trips

Periodically outings are organised to places of historic interest and events applicable to our Chapter members – photos

There have also been several Chapter trips to Norfolk Island – with a number of Chapter members being descendants of the first Penal Colony on Norfolk Island – photos.


Colony, our newsletter, is published 4 to 5 times annually, and is sent to all financial members. Colony Editor Val O’Shea and Assistant Editor Brian Harris are always seeking articles for each issue. See – Past Issues



Once a descendant of a First Fleet arrival joins a Chapter, their contact details are sent to First Fleet Headquarters. The Fellowship’s Membership Committee will welcome & assist chapter members to produce lineal proof of their family descent. People who hold Associate (partners of descendants) or Friend Membership of the Fellowship are also welcome to join our South Coast Chapter – more details on the Fellowship of Fleeters Membership page.

For further information on the South Coast Chapter contact:

President Kerrie-Anne Christian ph (02) 4267 1488 Email: kerrieannec@gmail.com
Vice President Fae McGregor ph (02) 4271 3762

Aims of a Chapter (see Fellowship of First Fleeters)

To support the aims of the Fellowship of First Fleeters.

To promote membership and provide information on the Fellowship of First Fleeters.

To promote interest in the First Fleet and their descendants.

To assist with education in Family History research: to encourage and Support the sharing of information.

To promote and participate in social activities of the Fellowship of First Fleeters and other Local history organisations.

Acknowledgement of Country

It is noted that our Chapter meets on the traditional lands of the Dharawal people.

As Descendants of those who arrived on the First Fleet it is acknowledged that the Dharawal people were here when our First Fleet ancestors arrived. This was their land and they have never surrendered it.

In response to the welcome that they have given to us and our ancestors, we, the First Fleet descendants acknowledge respect to all their Elders, both past and present, and seek to respect those who will come.

This acknowledgement is particularly important to come from us, as Descendants of those First Fleeters, because our families have lived in this land of Australia alongside the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, longer than anyone else.

See Fellowship of First Fleeters Acknowledgement of Country