AUSTRALIA DAY – Who is the true founding father of Australia?
Honour The True Founder of Australia
With Australia Day just around the corner, author and international psychologist, Dr Charles Margerison says that Captain Arthur Phillip, should be formally honoured as the Founding Father of Australia. He was the leader of the first European settlement in Australia, and our first Governor.
Dr Margerison, has travelled back in time to interview Governor Phillip via an amazing new concept known as BioView®. It is featured in the release of Amazing People of Sydney, available in ebook, print-on-demand, and audio format.
‘Governor Phillip is the Columbus of Australia, without whom, Australia wouldn’t be what it is today.’
”In my view, Governor Phillip is under recognized and under appreciated in Australian life. We celebrate Australia Day, but it would not have been without Governor Phillip.
‘Through his leadership and example, Arthur Phillip, was the founding father of Sydney, New South Wales and the country of Australia.’
”Governor Phillip’s achievements deserve wider and fuller recognition. His leadership in organizing and safely coordinating the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 ships, with about 1500 people on board, in 1788, was outstanding by any standards. In addition, his management of the convicts, the marines, officials and their families in the New South Wales colony over a five year period, between 1788 and 1792, was exceptional, given the extremely difficult and extraordinary conditions”
Dr Margerison’s new book , Amazing People of Sydney, is also written with respect to the Aboriginal people of New South Wales, whose lives were changed forever on the 18th January 1788.
”This book reflects the contributions of amazing people who have made their mark on Sydney. It is written via the process of BioViews®, where virtual interviews are recorded on events as we can imagine the participants would have seen them. I trust the BioViews® capture both the conditions of the times and the achievements that have turned Sydney from a convict colony to an exciting, elegant international city reflecting a mutli-ethnic democratic way of life,” says Dr Margerison. ‘I believe Australia needs to give Governor Phillip more credit, and that everyone should have a greater understanding of his story!’
Sample BioView® extract Arthur Phillip from Amazing People of Sydney:
Life has its twists and turns
Despite our best plans, we have to adapt to the winds of change
Although a sailor for most of life, my major challenge came on the land
Indeed, it was a land far from home in a place called New South Wales
A place that had been inhabited for thousands of years by aboriginal tribes
My task was to lead convicts, marines and officers to form a new colony
That colony, at Sydney, Australia was the start of a great new country
It was my honour to be the appointed Governor and civil and military leader
You may ask what training and experience I had for the role?…..
© Dr Charles Margerison and The Amazing People Club
Additional BioView® extract Arthur Phillip from upcoming release Amazing People of Sydney:
Botany Bay was not what I had been led to believe
Fresh water was scarce, and the soil for crops was poor
The aboriginal population, the Eora, watched and waited
No doubt we looked like men from out of space to them
Two days later, I took a search party to look for a new place
After about five miles of sailing, we entered a gap in the cliffs
To our amazement, we found the finest harbour in the world
A thousand ships of the line could be securely stationed there
Port Jackson was the name Captain Cook had given it
But, it was a place he never entered
Returning to the main fleet, we were disturbed to see two ships
The French, led by Captain Perouse, landed in Botany Bay
They stayed awhile before leaving, accepting we had arrived first
So, it was a close run thing, as the colony would have been a French one
Sadly, they foundered in the seas to the north
By the 26th January. I ordered everyone to move to our new location
We celebrated by drinking a toast to our King George III
Our national flag was raised to a great cheer
The location of the township was named after Lord Sydney
Maybe I should have called it Port Phillip instead
It was the start of a new land
Also, I sent Captain King to Norfolk Island with a small group
It became our second colony
However, little did I know the problems that lay before me
As the Governor of New South Wales, I had many challenges
Not least, keeping law and order when food rations were very low
Also, enabling civil law to develop
I even allowed a convict to bring a case against ship’s captain
That would not have been possible in England….