The Cornish Captains of IndustryIHP0101
John Henry Reynolds was destined to be a captain of industry during the early pioneering days of Australia. In 1870 he arrived in Brisbane and quickly voiced his moral and political opinions as the new editor of the Courier Mail. John’s heritage stemmed from the Reynolds, Opie, and Tonkin families, of the Cornovii tribe of Cornwall. Over time, each generation of these families passed on to their descendants their unique sets of inherited talents. John Opie and Sir Joshua Reynolds, two renowned portrait artists who lived in London during a dynamic and politically sensitive period, were ancestors of John’s. John and Joshua had their own inner turmoil concerning some of their patrons, whose wealth was gained from their West Indies plantations, which were worked by slave labour. Follow the journey of great Uncle John, who found himself aboard a British ship involved in ridding the South American seas of pirates. His adventures give a fascinating insight into Britain’s role in reshaping the political stage of South America. The story reveals Britain’s efforts in the early 1800s to blockade Spanish slave trafficking. At the same time, Britain was fostering its own future trade interests in the area by forming alliances with former Spanish colonies. The Reynolds brothers were commissioned to manage mining operations in Cuba. They suffered abhorrent conflicts in their minds when confronted with the barbaric treatment of the working slaves. Under these conditions, the British government’s sanctioning of the joint British-Cuban venture clashed violently with the men’s Wesleyan ethics and beliefs. Ultimately, by going against their moral code, there was a price to pay in the future for the captains of industry’s success in Cuba.