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ARTHUR PHILLIP – SOLDIER SPY & EVAN NEPEAN – HANDLER – A MILITARY CAMPAIGN HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

‘His [Phillip’s ] failure to invite the French commander [La Perouse] there [Sydney Cove] reflect some fear that he might be known as a spy.’ Alan Frost, Arthur Phillip 1783-1814 His Voyaging, 

Until quite recently it was generally held Arthur Phillip was ‘plucked from obscurity’ to command the ‘First Fleet’. But like ‘amity and kindness’, Australia’s foundation myth – benign colonisation – nothing could be further from the truth.

Brazil holds the key to the success of the ‘First Fleet’ voyage and Arthur Phillip was very familiar with Brazil. A decade earlier, fluent in Portuguese, he was seconded to the Portuguese Navy, during his four (4) year stint in Rio de Janeiro the good relations he built did much to ensure Britain’s victory over France in the race for New Holland a victory that guaranteed the winner ease of access to India.

‘In November [1784] Henry Dundas, possibly Pitt’s closes advisor, warned that ‘India is the fist quarter to be attacked, we must never lose sight of keeping such a force there as well be sufficient to baffle or surprise’. Dundas, cited Michael Pembroke, Arthur Phillip Sailor Mercenary Governor Spy, Harper Grant Books, Victoria, 2013

‘New Holland is a blind then, when we want to add to the military strength of India’. Anon, Historical Records of Australia

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