Arthur Phillip was not only the first Governor of the fledging colony of New South Wales, but also had responsibility for the preparation and journey of the first fleet – an undertaking the scale of which was virtually without precedent in British history. Why he was chosen , and how he fared in this massive venture, makes up much of the subject matter of this eye-opening new biography which also provides a new perspective on the precarious first years of the settlement at Port Jackson.

Arthur Phillip - Australia's First Governor by Derek Parker