His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will attend a service to dedicate a memorial to Admiral Arthur Phillip RN in the Nave at Westminster Abbey at 11.00am on Wednesday 9th July.
Arthur Phillip (1738-1814) was the Governor-Designate of the First Fleet, which originally founded the colony of New South Wales, and was the beginning of what would eventually become the nation of Australia.
The First Fleet of eleven ships carried convicts, Marines, officials, a few wives, and supplies. On arrival at Botany Bay after a voyage of eight months, Phillip quickly found a better location for settlement, in what he named Sydney Harbour, and there founded and governed New South Wales.
Successful modern Australia owes its establishment, against huge obstacles, and with remarkable leadership, vision, humanitarianism and inspiration, to Governor Arthur Phillip.
Tickets for the service are available at www.admiralphillip200.com