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Laura Signorelli

Laura Signorelli is the Digital Publications Producer at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Bligh - Hero or Villain? Manipulated Portrait of Rea-Admiral William Bligh. Courtesy of National Library of Australia.

Bad Reputation: William Bligh in Popular Culture

17 Jul 2019

The mythology that surrounds the mutiny on the Bounty has painted William Bligh as an abusive tyrant who had a tendency for violence, whereas Fletcher Christian remains the virtuous hero who saved the day. How did Bligh get this bad reputation and why is it still so ingrained in society’s consciousness today?

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