This Day in History: Rum Rebellion of 1808
Featured Title: Honour Among Thieves
Historian Michael Cathcart introduces John Macarthur and the powerful faction of landowners, entrepreneurs and local military who take on Governor William Bligh and trigger Australia's only military coup, the Rum Rebellion of 1808. Set in colonial Sydney from the 1790s, the first part of the dramatized documentary history series Rogue Nation delves into the struggle for power and control between ambitious landowners and the colony's British governors. While on the surface a dispute over the importation and sale of rum, the real battle is about access to prime Aboriginal land.