Notes on Captain Bligh's visits to Tasmania in 1788 and 1792
Lord, Clive Errol (1922) Notes on Captain Bligh's visits to Tasmania in 1788 and 1792. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania . pp. 1-22.
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Among the annals of Tasmanian discovery the record of
William Bligh has scarcely had the attention paid to it which
his work merits.
The fact is often lost sight of that the famous Bounty
anchored for a period in Adventure Bay before proceeding to
Tahiti, where the charms of the Eves of the Friendly Islands
proved too great a temptation to the crew. The resultant
mutiny, and Bligh's famous voyage of 3,600 miles in an open
boat to Timor, afford material for those pages of history that
are known, in the language of Macaulay, "to every schoolboy."
Bligh's visits to Tasmania are not recorded in the lists
of the early navigators given by J. B. Walker (1890 and 1902)
or J. Moore Robinson (1921, p. 159), yet Bligh made discoveries
and added to the early knowledge of Tasmania, and
if it had not been for the rough weather experienced during
his second visit, he would almost certainly have forestalled
many of the discoveries of D'Entrecasteaux.
|Additional Information:||In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.|
|Keywords:||Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records, Bligh, Bounty|
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