Bath's Australian Connection!
Over the centuries Bath has attracted a multitude of famous individuals to come and live within it. One of these was Admiral Arthur Phillip, a name that most Australians will have heard off!
Back in 1786 he was tasked by Lord Sydney to establish the first permanent colony in Australia. The following year he set sail with 11 ships and 1487 persons. On the 26th January 1788 he discovered a suitable place for the settlement and the British flag was raised on the spot. That day is now known as Australia Day and guess what that settlement became known as...! Admiral Arthur Phillip became the first Governor of New South Wales and as a result of his achievements he is considered to be the Founder of Modern Australia.
When Admiral Arthur Phillip retired he moved to Bath presumably to take advantage of Bath's waters for his health. He died in Bath in 1814 and is buried in a church on the outskirts of the city. Yesterday marked the anniversary of his birthday. Traditionally this church holds a special service to mark this occasion but sadly due to the current pandemic, for the first time in many years, the service was not held. I have been re-assured that the tradition will continue next year.
Bath and the local area has a number of connections to Australia. I will save those stories for my tours!