13 Aug 1806 - Bligh became Governor of NSW

#OnThisDay 13 August 1806 Captain William Bligh became Governor of New South Wales. Bligh is perhaps best remembered for his overthrow in the Mutiny on the Bounty but he was also the only governor deposed by military coup in 1808 in the so-called 'Rum Rebellion'.

Bligh was picked as Philip Gidley King's replacement due to his reputation as a hard man and he attempted to normalise trading conditions in the Colony by prohibiting the use of spirits as payment.  Although Bligh was deposed on 26 January 1808, he remained in Van Dieman's Land and Sydney until his replacement, Lachlan Macquarie, arrived on 1 January 1810.  


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