Bennelong

Eora man captured by Governor Phillip, who travelled to England and back, and taught the settlers much about Aboriginal language and culture.

Names
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Baunellon
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Boinba
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Woollarawarre Bennelong
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Bundebunda
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Beninglong
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Bennilong
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Wolarrabarrey
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Born
Sydney
1764
Departed Sydney
10 Dec 1792
Died
Kissing Point, NSW
3 Jan 1813
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1790
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1792
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10 Dec 1792
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19 May 1793

Woollarawarre Bennelong

by Keith Vincent Smith, 2013

Thrust into history by his abduction, Bennelong led a tumultuous life, becoming the best known Aboriginal figure in the first decades of European settlement. His story, plagued by myths, connects twenty-first century Australia with the social and spiritual Aboriginal world that existed before the English colony of New South Wales.
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Manly Cove was the site for first encounters between people from opposite sides of the globe; the site of greeting, gift-giving and dancing, of goodwill and curiosity, as well as betrayal, violence, justice and retribution.
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Taking of Colbee (Colebee) and Benalon (Bennelong), Manly Cove, 25 November 1789
Portrait of Bennilong a native of New Holland, who after experiencing for two years the Luxuries of England, returned to his own Country and resumed all his savage Habits c1800s
Benelong; a Native of new Holland, 1804
Port Jackson: a native (possibly Bennelong) 1802
Portrait of Bennelong c1793
Property, a page from David Collins 'An account of the English colony in New South Wales...' 1798-1802
Page from Collins' 'Account of the English Colony' describing the spearing of Phillip at Manly Cove 7 September 1790