Australia Day Special: Interview with Dr Charles Margerison who shares his views on 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.’

He was the first Australian hero,” says Dr Margerison who is the Founder of The Amazing People Club. – . Dr Margerison is a resident of the Gold Coast.

”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:


Arthur Phillip


 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?…..

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….

© Dr Charles Margerison and the Amazing People Club

About Dr Charles Margerison

Dr Charles Margerison is a Chartered Psychologist, a member of the Royal Institution and the Royal Society of Literature. He is Chairman of Viewpoint Resources Ltd, a publishing organization, and the founder of The Amazing People Club. Previously, he was Professor of Management at the University of Cranfield, UK, and also at the University of Queensland, Australia. He is the co-founder of Team Management Systems and the Chairman of Bell Hughes Music Group.

The author of more than ten books on management issues, Dr Margerison has also written an innovative continuing professional development system, called The Communication and Problem Solving Resource. This provides educational support resources for the use of the Amazing People Club series in schools and colleges.

This unique range of stories is presented via a new concept called BioViews® that combines a biography with a virtual interview. The stories are an interpretation of the lives of amazing people, as in a theatre play. Each one is presented as if the person is talking to you personally. There are no full stops, as in traditional writing, except at the end. The intention is to create the flow of conversation.

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