"Rum Rebellion"
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The Rum Rebellion
Public DomainThe Rum Rebellion
The Rum Rebellion of 1808 was not directly about rum.   It was the result of a chronic and multi-faceted enmity between Governor William Bligh and a wealthy New South Wales landowner, John Macarthur.   When Bligh ordered Macarthur arrested for his supposed involvement in the escape of a convict from Sydney, the NSW Corps instead arrested Bligh, famously dragging him from his hiding place beneath his bed.   Bligh was kept under house arrest for a year while Macarthur took over the running of the colony.   Bligh eventually returned to England where he was promoted to rear admiral.   Macarthur was never tried for his mutiny.