Historical information

The bicentenary of Australia was celebrated in 1988. It marked 200 years since the arrival of the First Fleet of British convict ships at Sydney in 1788. This aerial photo shows naval and pleasure craft in Sydney Harbour for the bicentennial celebrations.


The bicentennial year marked Captain Arthur Phillip's arrival with the 11 ships of the First Fleet in Sydney Harbour in 1788, and the founding of the city of Sydney and the colony of New South Wales. 1988 is considered the official bicentenary year of the founding of Australia.

Physical description

Rectangular shaped glass covered picture frame showing photo of Naval Review, Sydney Harbour, 1st October,1988

Inscriptions & markings

Naval Review, Sydney Harbour, 1st October,1988 This 140 degree panoramic photograph was taken from a helicopter by Phil Gray. It shows the visiting warships in the harbour including the USS New Jersey, FNS Colbert and HMS Ark Royal in the foreground.This print is the fourth in the Sydney Harbour Panorama series by Phil Gray who uses Kodak film.Printed in Australia.