The diary follows the immigration of a young newly orphaned boy who comes out to join his uncle’s farm. His uncle George Suttor Rum Rebellion (Note the differing opinions on Governor William Bligh) Through his was a real figure in Australian politics and the early settlement of Australia. Through David’s diary we follow the troubled period of the eyes we see the leading events up to the night of when the officers storm on Government house and the subsequent events after. George Suttor his uncle who is opposed to the actions of the Rum Corp and John Macarthur is gaoled and upon his release sails for England to attend the legal proceedings there.
Although like every Australian school child of the 80s I had studied the Rum Rebellion at school it was informative and interesting to read this ‘diary’ and learn more about this time period