The first settlement consisted of about 850 convicts, guards, and officers who were all led by Governor Arthur Phillip. The early years of the new colony, Sydney, was a rough and tough time. There wasn''t much food as the land was hard to grow food. Governor Phillip sent the Sirius to the Cape of Good Hope where flour and other food were available. The ship left Sydney Cove on 2 October 1788 travelled through New Zeland, below South America and then to South Africa, before returning on 6 May 1789 having covered 36000 kilometres. The colony had to continue establish itself, making new buildings, and start growing and making food for themselves. By 1792 the colony was starting to grow but Governor Phillip had become weak and ill and had to return to England. The remaining years until 1821 had four governors, John Hunter 1795-1800, Phillip King (1800-06), William Bligh (1806-08) and Lachlan Macquarie (1810-21).