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William Bligh William Bligh i(A57347 works by) (a.k.a. Governor Bligh)
Born: Established: 9 Sep 1754 Plymouth, Devon (County),
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England,
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United Kingdom (UK),
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Western Europe, Europe,
; Died: Ceased: 6 Dec 1817
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England,
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United Kingdom (UK),
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Western Europe, Europe,

Gender: Male
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BiographyHistory

A British naval officer and colonial governor, William Bligh is best remembered for the mutiny on the Bounty. Bligh began his naval service at the age of nine. He served as the sailing master on Captain James Cook's last voyage (1776-80). After taking command of the Bounty, Bligh was commissioned in 1787 to sail to Tahiti to pick up a cargo of breadfruit trees for the Indies. Harsh treatment of his crew resulted in the mutiny in April 1789. Bligh and 18 loyal crew members were set adrift in an open boat and by skillful seamanship navigated more than 5,800 km (3,600 mi) to Timor. En route, Bligh charted part of the northeast coast of New Holland (Australia). After the Bounty voyage, Bligh commanded a number of scientific voyages. In 1805, Bligh was appointed governor of New South Wales.

He was the father of Mary Putland (q.v.).

Most Referenced Works

Notes

  • See also the full Australian Dictionary of Biography Online entry for William Bligh.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon In Bligh's Hand : Surviving the Mutiny on the Bounty Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2010 Z1839609 2010 single work biography Centred on the notebook written at sea by Captain William Bligh immediately after the mutiny on the Bounty.
2011 winner The Fellowship of Australian Writers Victoria Inc. National Literary Awards Barbara Ramsden Award
2011 commended FAW Sid Harta Literature Award
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