Phillip kidnaps Bennelong

Phillip orders another kidnapping on Manly beach. The prisoners are Coleby (the uncle of Nanbury, a captured Koori child) and Bennelong. (Banelong). Bennelong becomes well known to the colonists. The historian Vincent Smith writes that “a body of evidence places Bennelong as the leader of an Aboriginal clan observed on the north side of the Parramatta river, between Kissing Point and Parramatta in the early years of the 19th Century'. He becomes a favourite of Phillip. (Vincent Smith p. 24, Karskens, pp. 379-380)

  • Taking of Colebee and Bennelong 1789 by William Bradley