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    Re: Captain Bligh's other mutiny
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2008 Jan 20, 10:24 -0500

    My interpretation is that Bligh was not capable of leadership.  A
    good leader should have been able to keep the Bounty crew from
    mutinying.  There are subtleties of interpretation of the rules and
    quelling fights between subordinates and open revolt from
    subordinates that not everybody possesses.  People skills.
    Fred Hebard
    On Jan 20, 2008, at 6:54 AM, Isonomia wrote:
    > It seems to me that Bligh was damned if he did take on the
    > oligarchical group that seemed to run everything in NSW including the
    > courts and damned if he did not. From what the artcle says, the common
    > freemen were behind Bligh, but the people who ran everything were not
    > happy with this stickler for the rules who didn't want to just hand
    > out more land to keep them quiet. Perhaps that is what you should
    > expect if the law is judged by a group of self-appointed oligarchical
    > magistrates rather than democratic juries.
    > Just a thought.
    > Mike
    > On Jan 20, 12:19 am, "Peter Fogg"  wrote:
    >> Captain William Bligh, he who sailed with Cook and was
    >> subsequently rendered
    >> forever infamous (or unjustly maligned, depending on your point of
    >> view) by
    >> the Bounty mutiny, went on to suffer another mutiny, one that
    >> finished his
    >> career.
    >> To paraphrase Oscar Wilde: *To lose one command, Mr Bligh, may be
    >> regarded
    >> as a misfortune; to lose two looks like carelessness.
    >> *Here is a link to a recent article that sheds a little more light
    >> on this
    >> second, much less well-known event:http://www.smh.com.au/news/
    >> national/captain-blighs-other-mutiny/2008/...
    >> I will just add that many of the actors in this tale - Macarthur
    >> (" *father
    >> of the sheep industry*" etc), Banks (genus *Banksia*, etc), King
    >> (Street),
    >> Johnston (Street, in Annandale, appropriately enough),  and
    >> especially
    >> Macquarie (streets, university, bank, dictionary, businesses,
    >> shopping
    >> centres, etc, etc) - have been given some lasting tribute via
    >> epynomous
    >> nomenclature, not excluding Bligh (Street).
    > >
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