The 223rd Anniversary of the sailing of the First Fleet from Portsmouth in 1787 falls on 13 May, 2010. To mark this, the Sydney- Portsmouth Sister City Committee will hold a function at Sydney Town Hall on Frday 14 May 2010.
Hosted by Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney, Councillor Phillip Black, the function will be held in the Lord Mayor's Reception Room in the Sydney Town Hall from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.
The Sydney Portsmouth is chaired by Richard Tanner, a stock broker and film maker. His films have included the multi award winning 'First Fleet Rite of Passage', which documented the trials, tribulations and eventual triumph of the First Fleet Re-Enactment in 1987/1988.
He co-authored with Jonathan King and David Iggulden a history of the First Fleet Re-Enactment, 'The Battle for the Bicentenary'.
Professor David Flint has been invited to speak. His subject is "The First Fleet: They did not come alone"