Frederic Meredith joined HMS Sirius as an able seaman from the transport ship Scarborough on 2 May 1788. A baker by trade, he had travelled to NSW to Australia as a Captain Marshall steward. He also could read and write.
Garden Island Port Jackson was first known by its Aboriginal name ‘Booroowang’ meaning ‘fishing place’.
In February 1788 given the name ‘Sirius Garden Island’ in view of it being the ship’s garden.
Frederick Meredith craving of FM 1788 are still visible on some rocks at Garden Island where the crew were assigned to preparing a garden.