Today in World History: January 26th

Great Britain’s Australian Governors were replaced today in 1808 when the only successful military takeover of Australia took place. The Rum Rebellion, led by the South Wales Corps, overthrew the Governor General of South Wales, the Australian province that includes Sydney. They instituted Martial Law, and the new regime lasted until the first day of 1810. Then, the South Wales Corps was disbanded by Great Britain, and Major George Johnston was replaced with Governor General Lachlan  Macquarie. The rebellion, which was at the time known as the Great Rebellion, lasted only one year, eleven months, and six days before it was crushed.

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