What was the Townsville Mutiny (1942)?

Introduction The Townsville mutiny was a mutiny by African American servicemen of the United States Army while serving in Townsville, Australia, during World War II. Refer to Zoot Suit Riots (1943), Battle of Brisbane (1942), and Battle of Manners Street (1943). Background About 600 African American troops from the 96th Battalion, US Army Corps of… Read More


What was the Pennsylvania Mutiny of 1783?

Introduction The Pennsylvania Mutiny of 1783 (also known as the Philadelphia Mutiny) was an anti-government protest by nearly 400 soldiers of the Continental Army in June 1783. The mutiny, and the refusal of the Executive Council of Pennsylvania to stop it, ultimately resulted in Congress of the Confederation vacating Philadelphia and the creation of a… Read More

What was the Barrackpore Mutiny of 1824?

Introduction The Barrackpore mutiny was a rising of native Indian sepoys against their British officers in Barrackpore in November 1824. The incident occurred when the British East India Company was fighting the First Anglo-Burmese War (1824-1826) under the leadership of the governor-general of India, William Amherst, 1st Earl Amherst. Refer to Vellore Mutiny (1806) and… Read More

What was the Vellore Mutiny (1806)?

Introduction The Vellore mutiny on 10 July 1806 was the first instance of a large-scale and violent mutiny by Indian sepoys against the East India Company, predating the Indian Rebellion of 1857 by half a century. The revolt, which took place in the South Indian city of Vellore, lasted one full day, during which mutineers… Read More

What was the Indian Rebellion of 1857?

Introduction The Indian Rebellion of 1857 was a major, but ultimately unsuccessful, uprising in India in 1857-1858 against the rule of the British East India Company, which functioned as a sovereign power on behalf of the British Crown. Refer to the Vellore Mutiny (1806) and the Barrackpore Mutiny of 1824. The rebellion began on 10… Read More

What were the 1947 Royal New Zealand Navy Mutinies?

Introduction During April 1947, the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) experienced a series of non-violent mutinies amongst the enlisted sailors of four ships and two shore bases. Over 20% of the RNZN’s enlisted personnel were punished or discharged for their involvement. The main cause was the poor rates of pay compared to the rest of… Read More

What is a Mutiny?

Introduction Mutiny is a revolt among a group of people (typically of a military or of a crew) to oppose, change, or overthrow an organisation to which they were previously loyal. The term is commonly used for a rebellion among members of the military against an internal force, but it can also sometimes mean any… Read More