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The Rum Rebellion and the Dirty Dozen -- The guy who was captain of the HMS Bounty is put in charge of Australia. Naturally, they mutiny too.
The Ballad of Omie Wise -- A murdered woman's plight is turned into song.
In Other News -- Anchor chains, 1st war correspondent and Beethoven's 5th.
The Rum Rebellion and the Dirty DozenWilliam Bligh has been governor of New South Wales, Australia for a little over a year, now. It is a place where the United Kingdom sends its criminals and malcontents. (They cannot send them to America any more.) Governor Bligh has a reputation as a tough guy. He was the captain of HMS Bounty whose crew mutinied due to ill treatment. The review board absolved the Captain of blame, but he remains a controversial subject. When he arrived in Australia, he was greeted by Major Johnston who represented the military and Mr. MacArthur who represented the civilians. Neither of them are sweethearts but they make things work. As governor, Bligh, starts handing out relief supplies to the farmers who had suffered under a recent flood, but Australia is run under a barter economy. Those supplies were Australian money! Bligh is putting a stop to the use of rum as money. He begins by confiscating stills, but he is meeting with a lot of resistance. (Can you say "Whiskey Rebellion?") Soon the establishment is calling for his head. Major Johnston officially signs a warrant for the governor's arrest. A military contingent marches to the Governor's house and yanks Bligh out from under his bed. Eventually they put him on a boat and tell him to sail back to England. Naturally, he sails to Tasmania. He will be briefly reinstated as governor and recalled to England.
The Ballad of Omie Wise
- Oh, listen to my story, I'll tell you no lies,
- How John Lewis did murder poor little Omie Wise.
In Other News
- Captain Samuel Brown patents the iron anchor chain. His chain design will be used on ships for the next 100 years.