There was only ever one successful mutiny on a convict transport - the 'Lady Shore' (1797) - and that was an uprising by the soldiers, rather than the convicts. But mutiny was a constant concern on ships which carried male convicts, particularly when they were carrying Irish political prisoners who were familiar with the exercise of extreme violence.
While some historians have been inclined to under-estimate the risk of mutiny, more than one in four of the ships carrying male convicts in the first 15 years of the Australian transportation system, experienced a mutiny or an actual conspiracy, where the plans were well advanced.
This section brings together the available information on the five mutinies, six conspiracies and eight alleged conspiracies in the years 1787 to 1801.
- Gary Sturgess, 5 July 2016
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