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A voyage to New Holland and round the world : for the purpose of transporting convicts thither and returning with ship timbers, with observations on the mutinous state of New South Wales and the superiority of New Zealand for settlement

$19.95
Author:
Colnett, James
Publisher:
Kenthurst, NSW : Rosenberg Publishing Pty Ltd, 2016.
ISBN 10:
1925078892
ISBN 13:
9781925078893
SKU:
9781925078893
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On his last voyage, the journal of which is published here for the first time, he took convicts to Sydney Cove in 180203 on HMS Glatton and returned with shipbuilding timber. He is probably unique in his inability to discern any redeeming feature in Sydney, not even its harbour. He thought New Zealand a far better option. No mariner knew the wide Pacific better than James Colnett, RN. He had sailed with Cook; he had filibustered in the north-west Pacific fur trade (nearly starting a war with Spain in the process); he had made a whaling reconnaissance to the Galapagos Islands. Although the journal is an important record of a short-lived experiment using warships as convict transports, its wider interest lies in Colnetts observations on New South Wales as he found it in 1803. Sensitive to criticism but with unconventionally liberal views about the administration of justice, he is probably unique in his inability to discern any redeeming feature in Sydney, not even its harbour. In fact he believed New Zealand a better prospect for a colony in the region. His description of New South Wales as mutinous was prophetic. Colnett was instrumental in having King recalled. Ironically, King was replaced by a man who already had a bad record with mutineers: Captain Bligh of the Bounty would become Governor Bligh of the Rum Rebellion.

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