Ocean Talks: Bligh – Hero or Villain?

Thursday 08 August 2019

Almost universally portrayed as a villain in movies and books, does this view of William Bligh stand up to scrutiny today? This lively debate challenges the stereotype, looking beyond the mutiny on the HMS Bounty to explore the many sides of one of the maritime world’s most infamous figures and skilled seamen.

What’s not in doubt is that Bligh’s life was extraordinary – he caused controversy on land and sea. Come and judge for yourself as they hear from author Peter Fitzsimmons who will argue Bligh as tyrant and villain, together with Rear Admiral Peter Briggs who will argue that Bligh was a heroic figure and strong leader.

This not-to-be-missed debate will be moderated by the Maritime Museum’s Curator of Environment and Communities Dr Stephen Gapps.

Note: Ticket includes light refreshments and the opportunity to view the museum’s exhibition Bligh – Hero or Villain? from 5pm to 6pm.

Image credit: Mutiny on the Bounty (The Mutineers turning Lieutenant Bligh and part of the officers and crew adrift from His Majesty's Ship the Bounty), 1790 by Robert Dodd. Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

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