Bligh's Daughter

By: Nelson, Penlope

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This novel about a high-spirited young woman is set at the time of Australia's Rum Rebellion. Mary Putland, William Bligh's second daughter, was the colony's first lady when her father was Governor of New South Wales. Aged 23, good-looking and musical, Mary was new to public life. She was in the thick of intense conflict for the next few years.
In early January 1808, Mary's husband John Putland died of TB. When 400 bayonet-waving men of the New South Wales Corps attacked Government House less than three weeks later, Mary offered furious resistance.
Bligh and Mary spent a year under house arrest. In 1809, on HMS Porpoise, they sailed south towards Hobart. An extraordinary period of quasi-piracy followed, with the outlawed HMS Porpoise forcing all shipping to stop, supply food, and allow the inspection of the mails. Bligh and his entourage returned to Sydney in 1810, soon after the arrival of the next Governor, Lachlan Macquarie. Bligh wanted to escort his widowed daughter back to her mother and sisters in England. For Mary, loyalty was one thing, compliance quite another.
Bligh's Daughter sheds new light on a controversial period. The Rum Rebellion, an armed coup, was a watershed in Australia's history. Most historians barely mention Mary. Hers is an astonishing story of conflict, loyalty, passion and defiance. Research, wit and imaginative empathy combine in Penelope Nelson's compelling narrative.

Title: Bligh's Daughter

Author Name: Nelson, Penlope

Categories: Biography, Autobiography, Memoirs,

Publisher: Trafford Publishing: 2007

ISBN Number: 1425144594

ISBN Number 13: 9781425144593

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 016594

Description: Appears unread, crease to front panel,

Keywords: Biography,