Jorgen Jorgensen, born in Copenhagen, Denmark to a watchmaker, lived the kind of life most seen in picaresque novels like Voltaire’s Candide or Thackeray’s Barry Lyndon - but another way to sum him up would be he lived the life of that guy in Sinatra’s That’s Life - He was a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a King. There is another P word that, sadly, summed the adventurer’s life up - one that cast a shadow over much of his later life.
Sources this week include:
The Collected Works of Marcus Clarke - by Marcus Clarke.
The Convict King - by Jorgen Jorgensen.
And Australia’s Most Unbelievable True Stories - by Jim Haynes.
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