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Free Wheels on August 6, 2011

Two bronze plaques on either side of the bronze relief of HMS Sirius, one on the left reads:

H M S SIRIUS

ON 13 MAY 1787 THE FIRST FLEET SAILED TO AUSTRALIA FROM THE MOTHERBANK, JUST OFF THIS SHORE. H.M.S. SIRIUS WAS THE PRINCIPAL NAVAL CONSORT FOR THE FIRST FLEET WHICH ARRIVED IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, ON 26 JANUARY, 1788.

ON A VOYAGE TO OBTAIN PROVISIONS FROM CAPE TOWN TO SOUTH AFRICA TO SAVE THE FLEDGLING COLONY OF NEW SOUTH WALES FROM STARVATION, H.M.S. SIRIUS CIRCUMNAVIGATED THE GLOBE. WHEN SHE RETURNED TO SYDNEY SHE WAS IN DIRE NEED OF REPAIR AND SO ON 19 JUNE, 1789 SHE WAS TAKEN TO WHAT IS NOW KNOWN AS MOSMAN BAY, MOSMAN, TO BE CAREENED, REPAIRED AND REFITTED. SHE REMAINED IN MOSMAN BAY UNTIL 12 NOVEMBER, 1789.

H.M.S. SIRIUS THEN SAILED FROM SYDNEY TO NORFOLK ISLAND WITH PERSONNEL AND PROVISIONS. THERE SHE RAN AGROUND AND WAS WRECKED ON 19 MARCH, 1790.

MOSMAN COUNCIL, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA, COMMISSIONED THREE IDENTICAL BAS-RELIEFS OF H.M.S. SIRIUS FROM THE SCULPTOR, ALEX KOLOZSY, TO COMMEMORATE THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE COMING OF EUROPEANS TO MOSMAN. THE MOSMAN COMMUNITY PRESENTED THIS BAS-RELIEF TO THE RESIDENTS OF THE BOROUGH OF MEDINA. THE OTHER RELIEFS ARE SITED AT MOSMAN BAY AND NORFOLK ISLAND.

THE MAYOR OF MOSMAN, ALDERMAN P.C. CLIVE, TOGETHER WITH ALDERMEN B.S.J. O'KEEFE, A.M., Q.C. AND D.C. BROCKHOFF AND THE TOWN CLERK MR. V.H.R. MAY, TRAVELLED FROM AUSTRALIA FOR THE UNVEILING CEREMONY.

The bronze plaque on the right reads:

THIS GIFT FROM THE COUNCIL AND THE PEOPLE OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF MOSMAN TO THE PEOPLE OF THE BOROUGH OF MEDINA WAS UNVEILED BY THE LORD MOTTISTONE, C.B.E. LORD LIEUTENANT OF THE ISLE OF WIGHT ON 29 JUNE 1991

COUNCILLOR MRS ADA LEIGH
ALDERMAN PETER CLIVE MAYOR, BOROUGH OF MEDINA
MAYOR, MOSMAN MUNICIPALITY

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