The story of the birth of a nation.
The fascinating new history of the beginning of modern Australia.
Read by Jonathan Hyde.
In may 1787, a great convict flotilla set sail from England for the fringes of the known world.
The prisoners - mostly petty thieves - and their guardians were expected to start a settlement in Botany Bay on the New South Wales coast.
It was a gruelling eight-month voyage.
On 18 January 1788, the first convict fleet arrives in Botany Bay, coming 'as ghosts through cracks in the cosmos' to the native Eora people.
Captain Phillip decides to start a settlement on a verdant stretch of shore he names Sydney Cove.
The fledgling colony of New South Wales struggles to survive its first year.
Famine and disease strike, and relations with the native Eora people remain edgy.
In 1790, the second convict fleet arrives in New South Wales, with many sick and dying.
A young native man is captured as part of Governor Phillip's 'aboriginal diplomatic experiment'.
Five and half years after leading the first convict fleet to found a colony in New South Wales, governor Phillip prepares to return to England.
It is with the children of his settlers, known as currency children or cornstalks, that his name will achieve immortality.