12 July 2021

NLA Fellowship presentation: Revising the Life of Bennelong

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Revising the Life of Bennelong, presented by Kate Fullagar, is coming to the National Library on 22 July. Image: Lycett, Joseph & Lycett, Joseph. (1825). Kissing Point, New South Wales, the property of the late Mr James Squires.

While Bennelong is a name well known in Australia as the first significant Indigenous interlocutor with the founding governor of New South Wales, Arthur Phillip, he is still misunderstood by many.

In her presentation, 2021 National Library of Australia Fellow Professor Kate Fullagar aims to correct this by presenting neglected evidence about his latter life. She will also compare Bennelong to some of his contemporary Indigenous negotiators in other parts of the Pacific.

Kate Fullagar is Professor of History in the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Australian Catholic University.

She studies the eighteenth-century world, particularly the British Empire and the many Indigenous societies it encountered. Her interests in comparative Indigenous history focus on the eastern Pacific, the American southeast, and the Eora of today’s Australia.

Professor Kate Fullagar is a 2021 National Library of Australia Fellow.

The details:

What: NLA Fellowship presentation: Revising the Life of Bennelong with Professor Kate Fullagar
Thursday 22 July, 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Where: National Library of Australia and streamed online via Facebook.
Cost: Tickets are available via Sticky Tickets.

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