Category: Rum Rebellion, New South Wales

Categories: Australia, History | Colony of New South Wales (1788-1900)

On 26th January 1808, twenty years to the day after the First Fleet of convicts founded Sydney as the first European settlement on Australian shores, the New South Wales (NSW) Corps detachments spread throughout the mainland penal settlements under the command of Major George Johnston, working closely with former army officer, John Macarthur, treasonously deposed the Governor of the Colony of New South Wales, Captain William Bligh RN. Afterwards, Macarthur ruled the colony, with the senior military officer stationed in Sydney (Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Foveaux July 1808-January 1809 and Colonel William Paterson January-December 1809) acting as the lieutenant-governor of NSW until the arrival from England on 1st January 1810 of Major General Lachlan Macquarie as the new officially-appointed governor. The military coup, and the events leading up to it are known as The Rum Rebellion and remains the only successful armed takeover of government in Australian history. Source: Wikipedia: Rum Rebellion

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