|About the Book|
When people hear the words Captain Bligh, and mutiny, they automatically think of “Mutiny on the Bounty”, when in 1789, 18 mutineers set Lieutenant Bligh and many of his loyal crew afloat in a small boat, then burned the HMS ‘Bounty” when it arrivedMoreWhen people hear the words Captain Bligh, and mutiny, they automatically think of “Mutiny on the Bounty”, when in 1789, 18 mutineers set Lieutenant Bligh and many of his loyal crew afloat in a small boat, then burned the HMS ‘Bounty” when it arrived at Pitcairn Island. Bligh and his crew survived and returned the England to share the tale.This book is not about the ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ but rather another of the four mutinies that Captain Bligh was involved in.This story is about the incident and is based on two petitions dated 26th and 27th January 1808, these were addressed to the New South Wales Corps Commander, Major George Johnston. Largely organised by Major George Johnston’s partner Esther Abrahams, her daughter Rosanna and Rosanna’s husband, Isaac Nichols, signatures were collected from several hundred people, mostly their family friends who favoured Major Johnston arresting the Governor of the colony of New South Wales, Captain William Bligh.This book shares the story of two powerful and colourful men – Captain William Bligh RN and John Macarthur – both hell bent on mutual destruction.Bligh was not the perfect governor, having held back the development of the New South Wales colony as a result. His successor Major-General Lachlan Macquarie certainly got things happening when he was appointed in 1810, thanks to Blighs removal!This book embraces a copy of the actual petitions, together with almost one hundred biographies of the wives and partners of those who signed them. The inclusion of a list of land grants made after William Blighs arrival and prior to the arrival of Lachlan Macquarie shows the immediate impact of the Mutiny. Also listed are the members of the New South Wales Parliament who descended from families of the colony at the time of mutiny, most, notably, descended from the Petitioners.