Bligh - Hero or Villain?

A new exhibition challenging the popularly held stereotype of one of the maritime world’s most infamous figures.

Almost universally portrayed as a villain in movies and books, does this view of William Bligh stand scrutiny today?
Bligh - Hero or Villain challenges this popular narrative through two contrasting trails, looking beyond the Bounty mutiny to explore the story of this infamous maritime figure

Suitable for Year 11 Modern History
  1. Contestability of the past
  2. Construction of Modern Histories
  3. History and memory
  4. The Representation and Commemoration of the Past 
And Stage 4 and 5 Elective History
  • Topic 1 - History, Heritage and Archaeology (Museum and/or archives studies, perspectives and interpretations of the past and how they are represented)
  • Topic 2 - Thematic Studies (Heroes and Villains, propaganda and motive)

A great opportunity to practise historical skills in areas such as perspective, significance and contestability.

The tour will focus the student’s attention to key objects sources understand the role of perspectives and interpreting evidence.

In the investigative workshop students examine the different types of sources and debate the merits of the hero or villain argument before drawing their own conclusions.


Guided tour - $10 per student
Workshop and guided tour 2 hours - $15 per student  

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