The Rum Rebellion

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The Rum Rebellion

<p>The only military coup in Australian history, named the “Rum Rebellion” by the Victorians, and known by contemporary loyalists as the Usurpation, resulted with a two year period of republicanism.

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The only military coup in Australian history, named the “Rum Rebellion” by the Victorians, and known by contemporary loyalists as the Usurpation, resulted with a two year period of republicanism. Treason? And yet the perpetrators, starting with Macarthur and Johnston, lived to a rich, old age, while their victims, from the Governor down to his lowly Hawkesbury district defenders, rarely recovered what they had lost. This was a time of high drama and extreme personalities. Even today, these events are viewed from ideological perspectives, but we will do our best to sieve out the strands of meaning.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Captain Bligh’s Other Mutiny, Stephen Dando-Collins


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Causes: Currency, land and barter, NSW Corps, John Macarthur, Inter regnum, Hunter and King, Law of the land, William Bligh, George Johnston
  • Consequences: 26 January 1808, Distribution of power, Bligh the prisoner, Defiance, Macquarie, Trials, Consequences


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Outline the lives and personalities of the key figures in the Rum Rebellion:
  2. Identify the underlying causes of tension between the NSW Corps and the Governors of NSW
  3. Describe the events which resulted in the arrest of Governor Bligh on 26 January 1808
  4. Describe the state of the colony during the two years of Corps power, the actions of the Corps and of Bligh
  5. Discuss the legality and morality of the Corps, the Governor, and the British powers at the time
  6. Discuss the consequences of the Usurpation short term and long term.