Written in 1884, this book is an interpretation of the famous events so often depicted in print and film. The author, Alfred McFarland, was an Irishman whose calling in the legal profession eventually led to him the position of Judge in Australia. McFarland has drawn upon the many versions of events and presents them here with great clarity. He takes the view that both sides, whilst guilty of some heinous deeds, are deserving of credit in part, for the extreme conditions endured and for many their very survival. All aspects of the mutiny, casting adrift, shipwreck, court martials, and the various events on Pitcairn and other Islands are covered. McFarland’s approbation of Australia’s ‘detestation of the cowardly outrages that caused the “Mutiny in the Bounty,” and its reverence for the pure and hallowed lives of the “Pitcairn Islanders,” who sprung from it.’ probably provides a clue as to where his sympathies lie, but for anyone wishing to find out about the mutiny and the far reaching effects that it had this provides a very good insight.
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2006 reprint by Rediscovery Books SB