Woollarawarre Bennelong

Famous Australians

Who am I?

I am Woollarawarre Bennelong. I was born 1764 and grew up near the Parramatta River. I died in 1813 at the age of 49 years old.

What made me famous?

I was an Indiginious leader and was ordered by Govener Arthur Phillip.

Did you know?

- I was captured at manly with my friend Yemmerrawanyea.

- I was also the first indigenous Australian to have a federal electoral district named after them.

- I was forced to fight for the British against my own culture.

- I was wounded in battle whilst fighting my own people.

- I lost my culture completely.

Want to know more about me?

You can look me up on the internet to find out more about my past and what I did. You can also find me in history books and books on Aboriginal history.

Woollarawarre Bennelong, script for video.

"Name name is Woollarawarre Bennelong and let me tell you about my life.

I was born in 1764 and grew up near the Parramatta River. I was an Indigenous leader and was ordered by Governor Arthur Phillip.

In 1789 was captured in Manly. I was then dressed up in British clothes. This was the start of me losing my culture.

My house was built where the Opera House is today.

I was forcecd to fight for Britain against my own culture. I was wounded in battle and had completely lost my own culture.

I died in 1813 at the age of 49".

Woollarawarre