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Cowra Library: Adam Courtenay Launches Three Sheets to the Wind
Thu 29 September at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
How a motley crew of merchant seamen walked 600 miles to save 7,000 gallons of rum
About this event
Author Adam Courtenay launches his latest book Three Sheets to the Wind: Why a motley crew of merchant seamen walked 600 miles to save 7,000 gallons of rum at Cowra Library on Thursday 29 September from 2pm – 3pm.
When in 1796, Calcutta-based Scottish merchants Campbell & Clark dispatched an Indian ship hurriedly renamed the Sydney Cove to the colony of New South Wales, they were hoping to make their fortune. The ship’s speculative cargo was comprised of all kinds of good to entice the new colony’s inhabitants, including 7,000 gallons of rum. The merchants were planning to sell the liquor to the Rum Corp, which ruled the fledgling colony with an iron grip, despite the recent arrival of Governor John Hunter.
But when the Sydney Cove went down north of Van Dieman’s Land, cargo master William Clark and sixteen other crew members were compelled to walk 600 miles to Sydney Town to get help to save the rest of the crew and the precious goods. Assisted by at least six Indigenous clans on his journey, Clark saw far more country than Joseph Banks ever did, and his eventual report to Governor Hunter led to far-reaching consequences for the colony. And the rum?
By the bestselling author of The Ship that Never Was, and The Ghost and the Bounty Hunter, Three Sheets to the Wind is a rollicking account of a little-known event that changed the course of Australian history.
Join us at Cowra Library to discover this incredible true story when author Adam Courtenay speaks on Thursday 29 September from 2pm – 3pm.
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