Captain Arthur Phillip Statue
Captain Arthur Phillip
The Arthur Phillip Statue,
made in honor of Captain Arthur Phillip RN,
is in the Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney in
New South Wales.
Arthur Phillip was born in London in 1738 to
a language teacher from Frankfurt named
Jacob and his wife, Elizabeth. After
attending the Greenwich school, he was
apprenticed to the Merchant Navy, and, after
two years at sea, he graduated in 1755.
Phillip then transferred to the Royal Navy
where he was promoted to the rank of
lieutenant in 1762. He was retired when the
Seven Years War finally came to a conclusion
The next 15 years, Phillip spent tending a
farm in Hampshire. However, when the
Spanish-Portuguese war broke out, he
returned to sea from 1774 to 1778 at the
service of the Portuguese navy.
during the American War of Independence,
Phillip came back to the English navy, and
1781, he became post captain.
When the war ended, Philip worked for the
British Admiralty. In October 1786, he was
New South Wales’ first governor.
Phillip rose up the ranks through hard work.
During his time, patronage was common
practice, but his efforts were recognized by
all those he worked with and he was thought
to be trustworthy and reliable.