You may have heard of the Mutiny on the Bounty lead by Fletcher Christian against Captain William Bligh.
And you may have even seen one of the numerous movies made of the event.
But have you heard of a later mutiny against Governor William Bligh, the very same, many years later?
In this case he had been appointed the sixth Governor of the new British colony of New South Wales, later to be called Australia, on the recommendation of Captain Cook’s botanist, Sir Joseph Banks.
Instead, since this happened on land and not at sea this time, it was a military coup, Australia’s only military coup.
He was escorted back to England to be court marshaled by the unsung hero of my story, Lieutenant James Simmons, Commander of the ‘Lady Nelson’.
As I reveal in ‘Back to the Wall’, Simmons was imprisoned at Cape of Good Hope and the papers incriminating Bligh taken from him.
The official documents were never seen again and Bligh got off with a rap over the knuckles.
Instead of receiving a court marshal he was promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral.
The thrilling adventures of Lieutenant James Simmons and his ship, on and off the High Seas, makes fascinating reading.
My research into this little known man takes me from Regency England to the early convict settlement of Australia and the New Zealand maori.
In the end I discover the secret of his past and possible royal connections.
It’s a fun and entertaining page-turning read.
And that is at the heart of the mystery I’m chasing throughout the book.
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