National Heritage Assessment
Australian Heritage Council
The names of individual assessors and nominators have been removed for privacy reasons
About this assessment
The Australian Heritage Council found the HMS Sirius Shipwreck of outstanding national significance. The archaeological remains of the Sirius represent a tangible link to the most significant vessel associated with early migration of Europeans to Australia. HMS Sirius was guardian of the first fleet, the mainstay of early colonial defence, and the primary supply and communication link with Great Britain during the first two years of the settlement. The first three governors of New South Wales all sailed as senior officers on board HMS Sirius. Its loss at Norfolk Island on 19 March 1790 was a disaster to the fledgling colony. The remains are also valued by the people of Norfolk Island as the vessel represents a significant phase in the peopling of the Island and its development.
The Council's final assessment report as given to the Minister is attached.
In some cases the Minister will have made amendments to such matters as boundaries, values and descriptions, before listing the place. For final listing data visit the Australian Heritage Database or the National Heritage Listing for HMS Sirius.