Trafalgar Day Lunch
A joint event with the Australasian Pioneers’ Club
The life and times of Vice-Admiral Sir Henry Blackwood
Speaker: Stephen Barker
Tuesday, 23 October 2018, 12:15pm, $65
Henry Blackwood, then Captain of the Euryalus, was close to Nelson. At the start of the battle Blackwood witnessed Nelson's last will and was by his side when the first shot passed over the Victory.
Upon returning to his ship he took Nelson’s hand and said, ‘I trust, my Lord, that on my return to the Victory, which will be as soon as possible, I shall find your Lordship well, and in possession of twenty prizes.’ Nelson replied, “God bless you Blackwood, I shall never speak to you again.”
Blackwood was chosen to bear the Chief Mourner’s train at Nelson’s funeral.
Blackwood later became Commander in Chief of the East India Station, a baronet and a Knight Companion of the Order of the Bath. He is buried in Westminster Abbey. An Adelaide suburb and a river in Western Australia are named after him.
Stephen Barker, Vice President of the Australasian Pioneers’ Club, is the co-founder of Squiz, a software company with operations in five countries. He is a descendant of Sir Henry Blackwood and will be joined by members of the Blackwood family in making his presentation.
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