Second Irish Convict Rebellion in Australia 1806

[ 1806 ]

The restoration of order after the 1804 rebellion failed did not end unrest among the convicts in New South Wales. Most of the convicts were Irishmen who were political prisoners deported from Ireland after the suppression of the revolution of 1798. A second convict rebellion in 1806 was also successfully suppressed. However, afterward, Captain William Bligh, Royal Navy, of mutiny on the Bounty fame, was appointed governor, the home government expecting that his stern discipline would bring both the New South Wales Corps and the convicts into line. His drastic methods soon resulted in further unrest.

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