Bligh, William (1754-1817)

Also known as
Bligh, (William), (Captain) (1754-1817)
Bligh, G. (1754-1817)
Bligh, G. (Guillaume) (1754-1817)
Bligh, Guillaume (1754-1817)
Field of activity
Admirals; Colonial administrators; Governors; Naval Officer; Governor; Artist; Painter; Governor of New South Wales; Naval officer; Naval cartographer
Libraries Australia
http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an35019435
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-458699

Biographies

William Bligh (1754-1817), naval officer and governor, was born on 9 September 1754 at Plymouth, England, where his father was a boatman and land waiter in the customs service. He was descended from a...

View the full record at Australian Dictionary of Biography

Despite being a competent natural history painter, Bligh's artistic activity has been completely overshadowed by several unfortunate controversies including the mutiny of his crew on the HMS Bounty in 1789 and the 1808 rebellion that saw him ousted him from his role as Governor of New South Wales. Bligh's greatest artistic legacy is his manuscript of drawings, held by the Mitchell Library, that do

natural history painter, naval cartographer, officer and governor, is best known for the controversy which surrounded the mutiny of his crew on HMS Bounty on 30 April 1789 and the rebellion on 26 January 1808 which resulted in his removal from the governorship of New South Wales. For neither event was he solely, or perhaps even primarily, to blame, but his brusque, abrasive, forthright manner, as well as the policies which he pursued in New South Wales, certainly contributed to his misfortunes. Although his reputation is built on his work as seaman and governor, he was practised in both cartography and drawing. He accompanied Cook on his third voyage and, as master of the Resolution , was frequently employed in 'constructing charts … and in drawing plans of … bays and harbours’. From the standpoint of the art historian, the most important surviving record of Bligh’s achievements is a manuscript titled 'Drawings by William Bligh, Commander of His Majesty’s Ship Providence’ (Mitchell Library). It contains 58 illustrations drawn by Bligh while in charge of a mission to transport bread-fruit from Tahiti to the West Indies between 1791 and 1793. There are views of the island of St Paul, a sketch of two natives in a canoe and another of the Canoe of Whytootackee. Most of the paintings, however, are of snakes, birds and fish seen in the vicinity of a number of islands, including Van Diemen’s Land. All are watercolours, although some are more in the nature of sketches than ...

Flourished

  • fl. c.1791 - c.1793

View the full record at Design and Art Australia Online

Related people and organisations

Design and Art Australia Online

Libraries Australia

  • (see also) Bounty (Ship)
  • (see also) New South Wales. Governor (1806-1808 : Bligh)
  • (see also) New South Wales. Governor (1806-1808 : Bligh)
  • (see also) Bounty (Ship)

Resources for William Bligh

Resources by William Bligh (198)

  1. [Two autograph letters to the Commissioners of His Majesty's Victualling, dated Oct. 9, 1787, and Oct. 11, 1787]
    Bligh, William, 1754-1817
    [ Book : 1787 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 149,619.812)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 149,619.812)

  2. Track of the Bounty's launch from Tofoa to Timor by Lieut William Bligh 1789
    Bligh, William, 1754-1817
    [ Map : 1790 ]
    At State Library of QLD
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 135,230.781)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 135,230.781)

  3. Letter : Derwent, New South Wales [sic.]
    Bligh, William, 1754-1817
    [ Unpublished : 1809 ]
    At State Library VIC
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 135,137.891)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 135,137.891)

  4. Memorandum
    Bligh, William, 1754-1817
    [ Unpublished : 1789 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 128,356.281)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 128,356.281)

  5. Capt. Bligh's miraculous escape
    Bligh, William, 1754-1817
    [ Book : 2005 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 124,608.578)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 124,608.578)

  6. The dangerous voyage, performed by Captain Bligh, with a part of the crew of His Majesty's ship Bounty, in an open boat, over twelve hundred leagues of the ocean, in the year 1789
    Bligh, William, 1754-1817
    [ Book : 1820-1825 ]
    At 3 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 123,172.602)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 123,172.602)

  7. William Bligh Log
    Bligh, William, 1754-1817
    [ Unpublished : 1791-1793 ]
    Possibly online
    At State Library of QLD
    William Bligh Log
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 121,976.75)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 121,976.75)

  8. William Bligh Log
    Bligh, William, 1754-1817
    [ Unpublished : 1791-1793 ]
    Possibly online
    William Bligh Log
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 121,871.438)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 121,871.438)

  9. Extract from the log of the proceedings of His Majesty's ship Bounty, 1789 Apr. 28-1789 Sept. 13 / Wm. Bligh commander from Otaheite towards Jamaica
    Bligh, William, 1754-1817
    [ Unpublished : 1789 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 121,357.281)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 121,357.281)

  10. Arrest of Governor Bligh, January 26, 1808 : copy of the original manusript documents
    Bligh, William, 1754-1817
    [ Book ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 119,411.164)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 119,411.164)

More...

Resources about William Bligh (991)

  1. [Two autograph letters to the Commissioners of His Majesty's Victualling, dated Oct. 9, 1787, and Oct. 11, 1787]
    Bligh, William, 1754-1817
    [ Book : 1787 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 148,973.953)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 148,973.953)

  2. Track of the Bounty's launch from Tofoa to Timor by Lieut William Bligh 1789
    Bligh, William, 1754-1817
    [ Map : 1790 ]
    At State Library of QLD
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 135,417.656)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 135,417.656)

  3. Letter : Derwent, New South Wales [sic.]
    Bligh, William, 1754-1817
    [ Unpublished : 1809 ]
    At State Library VIC
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 134,628.109)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 134,628.109)

  4. Memorandum
    Bligh, William, 1754-1817
    [ Unpublished : 1789 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 127,748.57)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 127,748.57)

  5. Capt. Bligh's miraculous escape
    Bligh, William, 1754-1817
    [ Book : 2005 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 123,812.445)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 123,812.445)

  6. The dangerous voyage, performed by Captain Bligh, with a part of the crew of His Majesty's ship Bounty, in an open boat, over twelve hundred leagues of the ocean, in the year 1789
    Bligh, William, 1754-1817
    [ Book : 1820-1825 ]
    At 3 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 123,000.391)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 123,000.391)

  7. William Bligh Log
    Bligh, William, 1754-1817
    [ Unpublished : 1791-1793 ]
    Possibly online
    At State Library of QLD
    William Bligh Log
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 121,228.469)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 121,228.469)

  8. William Bligh Log
    Bligh, William, 1754-1817
    [ Unpublished : 1791-1793 ]
    Possibly online
    William Bligh Log
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 121,119.133)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 121,119.133)

  9. Extract from the log of the proceedings of His Majesty's ship Bounty, 1789 Apr. 28-1789 Sept. 13 / Wm. Bligh commander from Otaheite towards Jamaica
    Bligh, William, 1754-1817
    [ Unpublished : 1789 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 121,113.414)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 121,113.414)

  10. Arrest of Governor Bligh, January 26, 1808 : copy of the original manusript documents
    Bligh, William, 1754-1817
    [ Book ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 119,105.797)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 119,105.797)

More...

No user comments for this person

Add a comment


Show comments and reviews from Amazon users

Possibly related

Digitised newspapers and more

Searching...

Minimise

Diaries, letters, archives

Searching...

Minimise

Archived websites (1996 – now)

view all results

  1. Snapshots of websites, web pages and online publications about Australia and Australians collected since 1996.

    Search archived websites
    Search

Pictures, photos, objects

Searching...

Minimise

Books

Searching...

Minimise

Music, sound and video

Searching...

Minimise

People and organisations

Searching...

Minimise

Journals, articles and data sets

Searching...

Minimise

Maps

Searching...

Minimise

Lists

Searching...

Minimise

Government Gazettes

Searching...

Minimise

Archived websites (1996 – now)

No results

Minimise
  1. Bligh, W. G., (William George) (1846-)
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 45,513.848)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 45,513.848)

  2. Putland, Mary (1783-1864)
    Artist; ; Draughtsman
    ... Bligh, William ... Bligh, Elizabeth ... Putland's father Governor William Bligh described her work as 'some little fancy drawings.' He was ... father. She remained with him in his confinement. sketcher, was the eldest daughter of William Bligh and ...
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 43,267.273)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 43,267.273)

  3. Ware, Ronald William
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 22,336.555)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 22,336.555)

  1. James William Bligh, deceased.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Tuesday 1 March 1870 [Issue No.49] p 504

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... James William Bligh, deceased. |)URSUANT to the 29th section of the Trust Property Act X of 3862, ... estate of James William Bligh, late of Macleay-street, in the City of Sydney, Esquire, deceased,—who died ... 272 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,444.179)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,444.179)

  2. James William Bligh, deceased.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 25 February 1870 [Issue No.46] p 473

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... James William Bligh, deceased. PURSUANT to the 29th section of tlie Trust Property Act of 1862, ... estate of James William Bligh, late of Macleay-street, ia the City of Sydney, Esquire, deceased,—who died ... 272 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,432.96)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,432.96)

  3. James William Bligh, deceased.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Tuesday 22 February 1870 [Issue No.43] p 442

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... James William Bligh, deceased. PURSUANT to the 29tli section of the Trust Property Act of 1862, ... estate of James William Bligh, late of Macleay-strect, in the City of Sydney, Esquire, deceased,—who died ... 270 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,409.303)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,409.303)

  1. William Bligh
    [ Periodical : 1900-2019 ]
    Possibly online
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 736.19)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 736.19)

  2. Bligh, William
    Gondwana To Gold: A Chronological History of Australia
    [ Article : 1996 ]
    View online (conditions apply)
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 609.972)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 609.972)

  3. CAPTAIN WILLIAM BLIGH
    Old times.
    [ Article : 1903 ]
    View online
    At Trove DigitalLibrary
    CAPTAIN WILLIAM BLIGH
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 544.375)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 544.375)

  4. Armidale's mutiny against William Bligh
    Gale, Louise
    Descent
    [ Article : 2017 ]
    View online (conditions apply)
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 460.971)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 460.971)

  1. William Bligh Turnbull
    William Bligh Turnbull
    Created by marvin211, 1 item.

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 699.864)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 699.864)

  2. TURNBULL, William Bligh, 1809- 1892
    TURNBULL, William Bligh, 1809- 1892
    Created by markauturnbull, 4 items.

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 599.842)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 599.842)

  3. BLIGH, Francis John.
    BLIGH, Francis John.
    Created by markauturnbull, 13 items.

    Father of Frank Bligh. Of Melbourne and Caterham Valley, England. Director of The Southern Insurance Company. Lived Cranford, near Exmouth, Devon died at Tinten, Caterham Valley, named for Bligh famil...

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 379.265)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 379.265)

  1. William Bligh
    [ ]
    Possibly online
    At WhitehorseManning
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 872.61)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 872.61)

  2. Captain William Bligh ( 1754 - c. 1817 ). English naval officer. Most known for the mutiny on board his ship, the Bounty :
    Adam Matthew Digital (Firm)
    [ Book : 2012 ]
    At LaTrobe Uni Melb
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 783.914)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 783.914)

  3. The Life of Vice-Admiral William Bligh / by George Mackaness
    Mackaness, George
    [ Book : 1931 ]
    At 2 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 611.753)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 611.753)

  4. The life of Vice-Admiral William Bligh, R.N., F.R.S
    Mackaness, G
    [ Book : 1951 ]
    At Curtin Uni Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 562.141)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 562.141)

  1. Magazine clipping with two images of William Bligh
    [ Published : 1990 ]
    View online
    At Maritime Museum
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 483.838)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 483.838)

  2. Document titled: Notes on William Bligh
    [ Published : 1990 ]
    View online
    At Maritime Museum
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 474.995)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 474.995)

  3. William Bligh - HMS Falcon, Commission, 1790
    [ Unpublished : 1790 ]
    View online
    At State Library of NSW
    William Bligh - HMS Falcon, Commission, 1790
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 465.654)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 465.654)

  1. Bligh adventure
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2010 ]
    View online
    At ABC Radio National
    Bligh adventure
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 422.568)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 422.568)

  2. Captain Bligh / composed by: Count Basie, Zoot Simms
    Basie, Count, 1904-1984
    [ Printed music : 1976 ]
    Languages: No linguistic content
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 412.782)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 412.782)

  3. Wm Bligh
    ABC-TV (Australia)
    [ Video : 1972 ]
    At Moving Image Coll
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 348.207)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 348.207)

  4. Bligh
    [ Video : 2005 ]
    At 4 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 323.58)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 323.58)

  1. William Bligh Memorandum on board H ...
    Bligh, William, ...
    [ Photograph : 1789 ]
  2. Photocopy of printed note on Willia ...
    Bligh, William, ...
    [ Photograph : 1978 ]
  3. Drawings by W[illia]m Bligh, Comman ...
    Bligh, William, ...
    [ Art work : 1791-1793 ]
    Drawings by W[illia]m Bligh, Commander of His Majesty's Ship Providence
  4. Letter
    Bligh, William, ...
    [ Photograph ]
  5. Lieut: Bligh and his crew of the Sh ...
    Bligh, William, ...
    [ Art work : 1791 ]
  6. Photocopies of items relating to Wi ...
    Bligh, William, ...
    [ Photograph ]
  1. SKETCHES OF THE EARLY HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA, 1787 TO 1850, AND ITS EVOLUTION FROM BONDAGE TO FREEDOM. (Copyrighted.) (Continued.) Marcus Clarke on Governor Bligh and the Rum Puncheon Resolution.
    Fitzroy City Press (Vic. : 1881 - 1920) Friday 16 February 1912 p 3 Article
    ... Bligh and the Rum Puncheon Revolution. Page 39. — "It has been stated that Bligh took refuge under a bed ... many persons. It seems, indeed, almost impossible to suppose that a man   of Bligh's well ... 1114 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 29,948.539)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 29,948.539)

  2. TASMANIAN LINK WITH MUTINY OF BOUNTY "BREAD FRUIT" BLIGH Visits to Adventure Bay | PLANTED FIRST FRUIT TREES (By Our Travelling Correspondent.)
    The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Saturday 31 October 1936 p 9 Article Illustrated
    ... 1817.     Bligh actually visited Adventure Bay on three occasions, the first being in   ... family, and was born in 1754.   He had joined H.M.S. Hunter when 16 years of age, and served before ... 1275 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 24,302.602)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 24,302.602)

  3. The Rum Corps. Defence of Governor Bllgh. TO THE EDITOR.
    The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 - 1950) Saturday 13 May 1905 p 11 Article
    ... imprison-ed, by means of the above-mentioned mili-tary force, the person of William Bligh, Esq., then ... The Rum Corps. Defence of Governor Bligh. TO THE EDITOR. Sir, — Within the last few months a good ... 2456 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 22,892.918)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 22,892.918)