Dictionary of Sydney: Rum Rebellion

Is there a link between rebellion and madness?

The 1808 Rum Rebellion was Australia’s first and only military coup. But of the three people that were truly behind the rebellion, two went mad, and one shot himself.

What does it mean if the three most prominent players of the rebellion went mad? What can we learn if we focus on the lived experience of these people? James Dunk, historian at the University of Sydney, talks about the intimate lives of mad men in Australian history. If you want to find out more, visit Dictionary of Sydney.

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