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'Arthur Phillip was a career soldier, a mercenary and a spy for the British Empire long before he captained the First Fleet and founded Sydney. Through meticulous research, Michael Pembroke has discovered the amazing story behind Australia's first Governor, Arthur Phillip. The story of Phillip's life takes us through wars with Spain and France, battles, court martials, and the taking of Havana from the Spanish. In his 20s he married a wealthy widow (with a pre-nup agreement) and briefly became a gentleman farmer. The marriage ended in divorce, before such a thing existed in England, but Phillip then became a successful merchant in France and likely spy for England. In 1774 he became a paid mercenary for the Portuguese navy at the behest of the Admiralty u his enemy again was Spain but now in South America. Upon his return to London some years later, the revolution in the American colonies triggered another war with France and then Spain as well. England faced the possibility of its first invasion since 1588 and Phillip became the commander of a 74 gun ship with a crew of 600 men defending the channel. Phillip is revealed to have undertaken secret missions for the Admiralty throughout his career and perhaps was among the first to be a part of the Secret Service. And finally it is revealed that the establishment of the colonies in New South Wales were an extension of Phillips work for England. A trusted and strategic thinker who would make sure that England ruled the waves.' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Epigraph:

    All the world's a stage,

    And all the men and women merely players,

    They have their exits and entrances,

    And one man in his time plays many parts,

    His acts being seven ages.

    –William Shakespeare,

    As You Like It, Act 2, Scene 7

    Botany Bay, it as been

    argued, was meant as a

    Gulag before Gulag...

    Nothing could be further

    from the truth.

    –Alan Atkinson

    The Europeans in Australia

  • Dedication:

    For Gillian Rose

    and

    Olivia, Harriet, India & Nick

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Richmond, East Melbourne - Richmond area, Melbourne, Victoria,: Hardie Grant Egmont , 2013 .
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      Extent: xi, 354 p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Published: August 2013
      ISBN: 1742705081, 9781742705088

Works about this Work

Review : Arthur Phillip : Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy Beth Hise , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society , December vol. 101 no. 2 2014; (p. 216-218)

— Review of Arthur Phillip : Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy Michael Pembroke , 2013 single work biography
[Untitled] Chris Saliba , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Books + Publishing , April vol. 93 no. 4 2014; (p. 22)

— Review of Arthur Phillip : Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy Michael Pembroke , 2013 single work biography
A Cup of Tea With...Justice Michael Pembroke Richard Forsyth , 2014 single work interview
— Appears in: Inside History , March-April vol. 21 no. 2014; (p. 13)
[Untitled] David Bradbury , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 7 September 2013; (p. 24)

— Review of Arthur Phillip : Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy Michael Pembroke , 2013 single work biography
He Came With Visions of Albion Simon Caterson , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 5-6 October 2013; (p. 31) The Saturday Age , 5 October 2013; (p. 30)

— Review of Arthur Phillip : Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy Michael Pembroke , 2013 single work biography
Seadog Who Steered a Colony Lyndon Megarrity , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21-22 September 2013; (p. 23)

— Review of Arthur Phillip : Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy Michael Pembroke , 2013 single work biography
He Came With Visions of Albion Simon Caterson , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 5-6 October 2013; (p. 31) The Saturday Age , 5 October 2013; (p. 30)

— Review of Arthur Phillip : Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy Michael Pembroke , 2013 single work biography
[Untitled] David Bradbury , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 7 September 2013; (p. 24)

— Review of Arthur Phillip : Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy Michael Pembroke , 2013 single work biography
[Untitled] Chris Saliba , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Books + Publishing , April vol. 93 no. 4 2014; (p. 22)

— Review of Arthur Phillip : Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy Michael Pembroke , 2013 single work biography
Review : Arthur Phillip : Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy Beth Hise , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society , December vol. 101 no. 2 2014; (p. 216-218)

— Review of Arthur Phillip : Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy Michael Pembroke , 2013 single work biography
A Cup of Tea With...Justice Michael Pembroke Richard Forsyth , 2014 single work interview
— Appears in: Inside History , March-April vol. 21 no. 2014; (p. 13)
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