In 1620, for the sake of religious freedom, 102 brave souls crossed treacherous seas to found a colony in America. Half died during the first winter, yet today their descendants number around 35 million worldwide and their impact has been immense.
In 2020, the Australian Society of Mayflower Descendants was formed by charter from the General Society of Mayflower Descendants in Plymouth USA. Our mission includes helping to tell the story of the Pilgrims to honor their strength, courage, faith and commitment to the principles of liberty. Our members are descendants of the original Mayflower passengers who seek to preserve their heritage in Australia.
“They were a most unusual group of colonists. Instead of noblemen, craftsmen, and servants - the types of people who had founded Jamestown in Virginia - these were, for the most part, families - men, women, and children who were willing to endure almost anything if it meant they could worship as they pleased.”
Author of Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community and War
As we all know, the coronavirus pandemic has affected gatherings and travel around the world. Most global and Australian Mayflower Society events have been cancelled or postponed, including the General Mayflower Society's triennial congress in the US and many of the 400th anniversary celebrations in the UK. In Australia, we are holding meetings and our First Anniversary get together via ZOOM due to ongoing border restrictions.
Help us keep the Mayflower story alive for future generations