Blog post from Wednesday, 19 March, 2014

The arrest of Governor Bligh, 1808 / unknown artist

On 26th January 1808, officers and men of the New South Wales Corps marched to Government House in Sydney in an act of rebellion against Governor William Bligh. Bligh was arrested and the colony was placed under military rule. This was the only time in Australian history that a government was overthrown by a military coup.

Find out more about the “Rum Rebellion” here.