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Notebook and list of mutineers, 1789 [manuscript]
Bib ID 801340
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Bligh, William, 1754-1817
 
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Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1789] 
107 p., 3 fol. leaves. 
Summary

MS 5393 comprises the unpublished autograph manuscript documenting Lieutenant William Bligh's voyage in the Bounty's launch from the ship to Tofua and from thence to Timor, 28 April to 14 June 1789. This manuscript is the original notebook from which Bligh wrote all his subsequent narratives. The notebook itself belonged to Mr Hayward who was in the launch with him and there are 1 1/2 p. of navigational recordings and calculations, 8 rough sketch charts of islands and showing the boat's track through the Barrier Reef and along the coast of Australia to the Torres Strait and one autograph chart headed "Eye sketch of part of New Holland in the Bounty's launch by Lieut. Wm. Bligh". The list of mutineers is headed by Fletcher Christian who was second-in-command before the mutiny. Each mutineer's physical appearance is described in detail.

Biography/History

William Bligh, son of Francis and Jane Bligh, was born at Plymouth in 1754. In 1776, he was appointed master of the Resolution under the command of Captain James Cook and in 1787 took command of the Bounty on an expedition to the West Indies. The crew, under Fletcher Christian, mutinied in 1789. Bligh became Governor of New South Wales in 1806. He was recalled to England in 1810 and in 1812 became Rear-Admiral of the White. Bligh died in London in 1817.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 5393.

Transcripts and 10" x 8" positive glossy photographs of the notebook available for reference.

Also available on microfilm at the National Library of Australia Newspapers and Microforms Reading Room at mfm G 20815.

Also available in an electronic version via the Internet at: http://nla.gov.au/nla.ms-ms5393

The Bligh notebook : "rough account - Lieutenant Wm Bligh's voyage in the Bounty's launch from the ship to Tofua & from thence to Timor", 28 April to 14 June 1789, with a draft list of the Bounty mutineers / edited by John Bach. Canberra : National Library of Australia, 1986.

Cited In

Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia, D922.

Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid (7 p.) available in the Manuscript Reading Room. 
Subjects Bligh, William, - 1754-1817 - Archives.  |  Bounty (Ship)  |  Sailors - Great Britain - Archives.  |  Ship captains - Great Britain - Archives.  |  Bounty Mutiny, 1789.  |  Voyages and travels.  |  Oceania - Description and travel.
Time Coverage 1789 
Occupation Ship captains.  |  Naval officers.
Exhibited Exhibited: "Treasures Gallery", National Library of Australia, 7 October 2011 - 15 December 2012.  Selected items exhibited in: "Treasures Gallery", National Library of Australia, 12 June 2012 - 23 September 2012. 

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