Rum Rebellion Part 6: Day of Retribution28th May 2015
“And who that is just has anything to dread?” — John MacArthur,
January 25, 1808.
Over the course of 18 months, William Bligh systematically and
relentlessly hammered the colony of New South Wales into a society
that better fit his vision for Australia — a vision that did not
include John MacArthur or the Rum Corps. MacArthur, though richer than
ever, refused to be cut out of the picture so easily.
When a legal case brought on by Bligh and the colony’s Judge Advocate threatens
to destroy everything he’s built, MacArthur retaliates by
orchestrating what would later become known as the Rum Rebellion: a
military coup that places MacArthur in power and Bligh in prison.