Phillip, Arthur

British naval officer who became first Governor of New South Wales, leading the colony for five difficult years.

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Born
Allhallows, London, England
11 Oct 1738
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1759
Departed Sydney
10 Dec 1792
Died
Bath, England
31 Aug 1814
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1786 - 1787
1787 - 1788
26 Jan 1788 - 10 Dec 1792
10 Dec 1792 - 19 May 1793

Governor Phillip and the Eora

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2017

What was Governor Arthur Phillip's relationship with the Eora, and other Aboriginal people of the Sydney region? Phillip's policies, actions and responses have tended to be seen as a proxy for the Europeans in Australia as whole, just as his friend, the Wangal warrior Woolarawarre Bennelong’s allegedly tragic life has for so long personified the fate of Aboriginal people since 1788. To fully imagine those early years, we must see them through the twin lenses of British and Eora perspective and experience to glimpse what was happening, and why. This allows a nuanced and complex view, and the banishment once and for all the notion that there can be only one 'right' story.