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Blog post from Friday, 25 September, 2015

On this day, 25 September 1764, Fletcher Christian was born.

Fletcher Christian is most known for his role in the Mutiny on the Bounty. Christian led the mutiny, which saw the Captain, William Bligh and several other crew members set adrift. The mutineers made their way to Tahiti, where some settled, and then with six Polynesian men and twelve women, sailed the ship to Pitcairn Island where they burnt the ship at sea. After this desperate beginning, they established a colony that remains to this day, settled by the descendants of the Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian wives. Fletcher Christian died on Pitcairn Island in 1793, at the age of 28, survived by his wife Maimiti and his son, Thursday (born 1790), Charles (born 1792) and a daughter Mary Ann (born 1793). Thursday and Charles are the ancestors of almost everybody with the surname Christian on Pitcairn and Norfolk Islands, as well as the many descendants who have moved to Australia, New Zealand and the United States. (Wikipedia)

The State Library of New South Wales holds a copy of William Bligh’s logbook which describes the mutiny. See the complete logbook kept by William Bligh and read a transcript of the account of the mutiny

Find out more about the Mutiny on the Bounty in our Discover Collections feature

The Mutineers turning Lieut. Bligh and part of the officers and crew adrift from his Majesty’s Ship the Bounty / painted and engraved by Robert Dodd