Born in New York in the turbulent eighteenth century, African-American Billy
Blue fought with the British against France and America, led a press gang in
Deptford, lumped cargo on the Thames, was transported to Australia for pilfering
and became a ferryman on Sydney Harbour. In Sydney, he flourished for some
years as a man of property, on terms of friendship with Governor Macquarie.
Cassandra Pybus speculates that this friendship, which helped secure Blue’s
stature in Sydney society, might have owed something to an earlier acquaintance
when both men served in the same campaigns in America.
|Title of host publication||Transnational ties|
|Subtitle of host publication||Australian lives in the world|
|Editors||Desley Deacon, Penny Russell, Angela Woollacott|
|Place of Publication||Acton, A.C.T.|
|Publisher||ANU E Press|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|
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