Australian, New Zealand, and South Pacific History
Have a look at what interesting tales have come from the southern part of the world.
Australia is not a place one would typically associate with attempted Royal assassinations, however one such incident happened in Australian history.
In the early years of the Australian nation (which was federated in 1901), not all states were pleased to stay as part of new young nation, such as Western Australia, who has over the years attempted to secede many times.
We have all heard the story of the Bounty mutiny in 1789, where some of the crew of the HMS Bounty carried out a mutiny against their ruthless captain William Bligh in the South Pacific. What happened to the mutineers? It wouldn’t be like the British Royal Navy to let an incident like that go, and they didn’t by any means.
Late nineteenth century was fearful time for British colonies in the South Pacific, especially in the wake of Britain's wars with Russia. One such report of a Russian attack in New Zealand led to widespread panic among its citizens.
Fiji has always had a reputation as the cannibal islands, but how hungry were they really?
Modern weapons don’t always bode well for native populations, especially when it comes to colonisation. But the Māori native population of New Zealand needed no help from the outside world to descend into a period of inter tribal warfare used the latest modern weapons from Europe.
Few moments in Australian history were as pivotal and as defining as the bloody Eureka rebellion which place on the goldfields of colonial Australia in the early 1850's. The gold digger's revolt of 1854 was an event that forged democracy and made roads to the birth of a nation.
Shortly after world War I, and during desperate times, the Australian Military declared war on a large mob of emus, a battle which they ultimately lost.