Saturday, November 11, 2006

A Name That Inspires Loyalty

Anna Bligh, a candidate to become Queensland's first female premier, is a descendant of Captain William Bligh. Not only was he commander of the Bounty at the time of the famous mutiny, but also Governor of New South Wales at the time of Australia's first and only military coup.

"My father always claimed that there was a relationship, but it had never been verified," she said yesterday.

"He used to say that a silver kettle he had belonged to Captain Bligh.

"People have brought up the name before, but I have always said it was in family folklore, but I had never tried to prove it and certainly could not claim a relationship."

She agreed that the possibility of having a great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Captain Bligh as premier of Queensland was a tantalising possibility, 'but I would not comment on this, as this is such an unpredictable business.

"But you can say I am pleasantly surprised." [Link]

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