Arthur Phillip Chapter mainly attracts members who live on the north side of Sydney
Harbour, including the Northern Beaches, but has no specific Chapter boundaries.
Once you are a financial member of the Fellowship of First Fleeters you can attend
meetings at any of their eighteen Chapters Australia-wide.
While this is an organisation directed towards descendants of those who arrived with the First Fleet in 1788, descendants of later arrivals - such as Second Fleeters, Third Fleeters, convicts and free settlers - are very welcome join the Fellowship of First Fleeters and be an active member of our Chapter.
Prospective members of the Fellowship of First Fleeters (FFF) are welcome to attend Chapter meetings as guest observers for the first few meetings until becoming a registered member of the Fellowship. Spouses/partners are encouraged to join so they too can attend and participate in meetings.
Chapter membership: Is available to all registered members. Chapter membership is free, covered by an FFF annual subscription which applies to all members. (A small fee is charged when attending meetings to cover the room hire.)
Ordinary: For those who can provide to FFF documentary evidence as being a direct descendant of one or more First Fleet ancestor.
Full time Student Member - supply student card
Junior Member (under 18 years - supply date of birth)
* Once a parent's membership has been approved, children need only supply an application form plus a photocopy of their own FULL Birth Certificate to be granted membership.
Spouse/Associate: A wife, husband or partner of a First Fleeter – must live at the same address.
Friend: Membership is available if the connection to a First Fleeter cannot initially be verified, but once the connection is made an application for Ordinary membership can be submitted.
Friend membership is also open to persons interested in the First, Second, Third Fleets and later convict and free settler arrivals. Anyone interested in the social and family history of colonial times is very welcome too.
Fees: Once your First Fleeter ancestry is verified by Head Office, you then join the FFF and pay their annual Ordinary fee which entitles you to their benefits and the bi-monthly Founders magazine.
- There is no category for ‘Chapter Only’ membership.
- A discount is available for a Pensioner Member (supply card number).
- If an Application for an Ordinary Member + Associate Member is submitted together, at the same time, then only one Joining Fee of $20.00 is payable.
For Arthur Phillip Chapter Enquiry Form: Apply by email to the Chapter Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fellowship of First Fleeters: Full membership requirements:
The Fellowship is committed to assisting applicants in their their search for family-tree connections, often successfully connecting an application to existing family-trees and prove ancestry back to a First Fleeter.
Where an applicant has a relative who has already proven their line and been accepted as a member of the Fellowship, the applicant need only provide ‘certified’ evidence of their relationship to that person - often certification exists in FFF files verifying the ancestral line.
Only certified evidence is accepted by the FFF. However they accept ‘transcripts' of certificates showing the relationship to an existing member or past member when these are obtained through accredited transcription agents listed (see FFF website).
- For all FFF membership details go to (not linked): www.fellowshipfirstfleeters.org.au
© Arthur Phillip Chapter of Fellowship of First Fleeters 2019-
Main image: Summertime in Sydney, along the Northern Beaches' coastline from Long Reef, Collaroy Beach to Palm Beach, a wide area which falls within the Arthur Phillip Chapter's parameters. Courtesy of G. Doyle
Side image from the internet: Sketch of the First Fleet anchored in Sydney Cove 1788, showing the Settlement with the Tank Stream at the bottom of the sketch, the houses of the Deputy Judge-Advocate and Governor to the east and the military camp and convicts' tents to the west. Courtesy of the National Library of Australia.