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GUEST,John Gray / Australia BS: HMS Bounty the truth (51* d) RE: BS: HMS Bounty the truth 10 Apr 01


Irish Sergeant. I've got an open mind on two of Bligh's mutinees but the one that ocurred in Australia was not of his doing. Back then the whole of Australia was know as New South Wales and it was administered by the military because it was a penal colony - there was no civil administration to speak of. The military garrison was the New South Wales Corps and their officers had "acquired" large land holdings. They utilised convict labour and ticket-of-leave men to work these estates. Instead of paying these workers money, the dodgy officers payed them in rum. And guess who controlled the rum import business. Drunkeness was rife, the convicts were committing more offences, and just about all the officers were corrupt. Bligh was hand picked by the British gov't to come and clean the mess up. Unfortunately they didn't send military support with him and he had no hope of overcoming the corrupt officer clique. The officers trumped up some charges and got rid of him - to Tasmania. A year later the British gov't sent Lieut. Colonel Macquarrie to get things back on track. He came with his own regiment / battalion that was loyal to him. The corrupt officers were arrested and sent back to England for trial. Bligh was vindicated. Yeah, British naval officers were tough, they had to be, since 1066 they've been responsible for the front line force that has kept Britain from being invaded. With the exception of a couple, her army officers were nowhere near the same calibre.

JG/F.M.E.




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