Today In History
Poor old William Bligh. First he lost his ship and then he loses a whole colony.
On this day — Australia Day, for what it’s worth, for it’s the day the First Fleet sailed into Sydney Harbor — in 1808, the New South Wales Corps marched into the grounds of Government House and arrested Bligh, then the governor of the colony, “charged by the respectable inhabitants of crimes that render you unfit to exercise the supreme authority another moment in this colony; and in that charge all officers under my command have joined.”
It was the culmination of Bligh’s enmity with John Macarthur, one of the leaders of the NSW Corps, who exercised a great deal of authority, what with his having a bunch of wool and controlling the trade of booze, which was more or less the currency of Australia at the time (and also now).