Bennelong (2017)

Links, further reading & acknowledgements


Bangarra Dance Theatre - Bennelong Study Guide, 2017

Finding Bennelong. Comprehensive and culturally respectful website delivering multi-layered interpretation and education through videos, historic artworks and extensive research including links to primary sources. Produced by Art of Multimedia (Sydney) for the City of Ryde Council in consultation with Aboriginal community members and commissioned historians.

Dark, Eleanor. “Bennelong’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, ANU, Canberra.

EORA: Mapping Aboriginal Sydney: 1770 to 1850. State Library of New South Wales.
E-Resource (includes information, maps, original images)

Barani: Sydney’s Aboriginal history. City of Sydney. 
Histories of people, places and events in the City of Sydney local government area that are associated with the histories of Sydney’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

My Place for Teachers: Australia in the 1790s; Bennelong. Australian Children’s’ Television Foundation, 2011.

Books and Journals

Clendinnen, Inga. Dancing with Strangers: Europeans and Australians at First Contact, Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2003.  

Dortins, Emma. ‘The many truths of Bennelong’s tragedy’, Aboriginal History, Vol, 33, Australian National University, 2009.

Fullagar, Kate. ‘Bennelong in Britain’, Aboriginal History, Vol.33, Australian National University, 2009. 

Smith, Keith Vincent. Bennelong: the coming in of the Eora Sydney Cove 1788 – 1792, Kangaroo Press, 2001.

Books: fiction

Dark, Eleanor. The Timeless Land, first published by Collins (London, Sydney) and MacMillan (UK), 1941. 

For young readers

Secondary, Michael. The Unlikely Story of Bennelong and Phillip. Berbay Publishing, Melbourne, 2015.


Choreographer: Stephen Page
Cultural consultant: Matthew Doyle
Music/sound designer: Steve Francis
Set designer: Jacob Nash
Costume designer: Jennifer Irwin
Lighting designer: Nick Schlieper
Dramaturg: Alana Valentine

Dancers in these clips:   Elma Kris, Deborah Brown, Waangenga Blanco, Tara Gower, Leonard Mickelo, Daniel Riley, Jasmin Sheppard, Tara Robertson, Kaine Sultan-Babij, Luke Currie-Richardson, Beau Dean Riley-Smith, Rikki Mason, Yolanda Lowatta, Rika Hamaguchi, Tyrel Dulvarie, Glory Tuohy-Daniell, Baden Hitchcock, Ryan Pearson.