Who was this mysterious man without a past, a British seaman who sailed to New South Wales, as Australia was called then, with the notorious William Bligh of ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ fame?
We have no portraits of him as other famous and even not-so-famous explorers from history do.
Has he been a forgotten man, a hero of his time?
Hardly anything is known of him except for his role as Acting Commander of the brig ‘Lady Nelson’.
Could he have been the hitherto unknown father of a legitimate son of the British King George IV from a time when, as the Prince of Wales, he left one mistress after another and then secretly married the Catholic widow and socialite Maria Fitzherbert?
Would Victoria have become Queen had they known about him?
We may never know but, based on the evidence, we can speculate.
In my book ‘Back to the Wall’ I have speculated and reached a shocking conclusion.
Read the evidence I’ve uncovered after extensive research and decide for yourself.
Much of the research has been driven by paranormal events all started by a ghost.
In the end it’s all true (not a novel or a work of fiction).
So who was this unsung hero from over 200 years ago?
He was very active in the story of early British settlement of Australia and New Zealand with a population of mainly convicts.
He understood the native Maroi of New Zealand and fostered harmonious relations between Chief Ti-Pahi and Governor King.
He was in the thick of Australia’s only military coup and was chosen to escort Governor William Bligh back to England to be court marshaled.
There are also heartwarming true stories.
Like when one of his crew fell in love with the Chief’s daughter and stayed behind to marry her.
Or the unbelievable tale of William Buckley, a convict who escaped from a failed settlement near Melbourne 30 years before the city was even founded as “the place for a village”.
He lived with the local aborigines as their leader and was met by the party that sailed from Tasmania to found Melbourne in 1830.
On his many voyages he became friendly with the Reverend Robert Knopwood, the first chaplain of Tasmania, and was heavily involved in the dramatic politics of this early penal colony.
This is only the tip of the iceberg.
You can read how the mystery unfolded for me and my travels around the world chasing clues and searching for evidence to support the little known events surrounding this intriguing historical saga.
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