Introduction

Desley Deacon, Penny Russell, Angela Woollacott

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransnational ties
Subtitle of host publicationAustralian lives in the world
EditorsDesley Deacon, Penny Russell, Angela Woollacott
Place of PublicationActon, A.C.T.
PublisherANU E Press
Pagesxiii-xxi
ISBN (Print)9781921536205
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Publication series

NameANU lives
PublisherANU E-Press

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