INVASION 1788: DO – U – KNOW THE CONTEXT

‘The decision to colonise New South Wales cannot be isolated from the strategic imperatives of the world’s first truly global; struggle, the Seven Years’ War (1757-1763)’. Jeffrey Grey,  A Military History of Australia, Third ed. Cambridge University Press, 2008

1788 – January: Britain’s invasion of New Holland in 1788, the subjugation and subsequent near annihilation of Australia’s First Peoples, must be seen in the context of international rivalry and an insatiable quest for trading, territorial and strategic advantage.

‘On 14 December [1790] a troop of over 50 men departed for Botany Bay armed with muskets, hatchets for beheading, and bags for carrying heads’. Michael Pembroke, Arthur Phillip Sailor Mercenary Governor Spy, Hardie Grant Books, 2013

BRITAIN’S INVASION AND CONQUEST OF NEW HOLLAND

‘The Way of war is a way of Deception. When Deploying troops Appear not to be’. Sun Tzu, The Art of War, Penguin, 2009

Situated in the southern oceans the island continent of New Holland offered Britain control of alternate strategic and logistical pathways to and from India, Africa, China and Japan.

In the 18th and 19th centuries four (4) interlocking strategies dominated global warfare; sea battles, land battles, blockade and espionage.

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