Stories from Australia's history: Captain Bligh and the Rum Rebellion

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Macmillan Education Australia, May 15, 2013 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 33 pages
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In 1790, a military unit called the New South Wales corps was sent to guard the new colony against invasion or attack. The colony was run by a governor, and the members of the Corps were supposed to follow his orders. However, the Corps officers quickly gained power and stopped taking orders. Soon the controlling all trade in the colony, and taking the best land for themselves. In 1806 a new governor, William Bligh, Tried to take back control of the colony. The conflict that followed between Bligh and the New South Wales corps is known as the 'Rum Rebellion'. It is the only time in Australia's history that the government has been overthrown by the military. This is a story of the people, the ideas and the events that led to the Rum Rebellion, and how it changed Australia Forever.

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Melanie Guile is an Australian author of approximately sixty books for children and adults. She works as a full-time writer based in Melbourne. Published works include non-fiction resource books for children, novels for younger readers, and adult history titles.

She has won several literary awards including being awarded winner in the Primary category of the Australian Publishers’ Association’s (APA) Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing for the Heinemann Library series Children in Australian History. Another title in this same series Little Felons was also recognised as a Notable Book in the Children’s Book Council’s Eve Pownall Award for non-fiction. Melanie’s series for primary students Stories from Australia’s History published by MacMillan Australia was shortlisted for the above APA award in 2010.

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