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Brief eines Neuholländischen Wilden Bannolong oder Bennillong von Botanybay (den. Cap. Hunter mit nach London gebracht und dessen Bild in Collin's Account S. 439 steht) nach seiner Rückkehr in seine Heimath. To Mr. Phillips, Steward to Lord Sidney. Sidney, New South Wales, August 29, 1796
Bib ID 6382212
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
Bennelong, approximately 1764-1813, author
 
Series

Monatliche Correspondenz zur Beförderung der Erd- und Himmels- Kunde ; vierter band

Summary

The first appearance in print of an Australian Aboriginal person. Bennelong's letter to Mr Phillips, Steward to Lord Sydney, was dictated by him on 29 August 1796 [and taken to England by Governor John Hunter in 1800]. It is here printed in the original English and in German translation. It is 'the earliest piece of writing produced by an Aboriginal author' (Penny van Toorn: Writing never arrives naked, 2006, p. 53) ... A detailed and very interesting footnote explains that the anthropologist Blumenbach - who at the time was in regular correspondence with Banks - had received a copy of the letter and sent it on to Zach, the editor of this journal ... Bennelong was one of the first Australian Aboriginal people to make contact with British settlers at Sydney Cove. He learned some English and went to Britain [with Governor Arthur Phillip] in 1792, and was ill before and after boarding HMS Reliance on July 30, 1794. In 1795 he came back to Australia, 'in poor health, unable to rebuild relations with his people and out of favour in the colony'" (Heiss/Minter, p. 9). Through his close association with the Phillip's household, Bennelong was taught the rudiments of reading. In his letter he profusely thanks Mrs. Phillips for her care during his illness in England, and politely requests handkerchiefs, stockings and shoes. Bennelong also reports his 'muzzy doings' with another man named Carroway who took his wife after spearing him in the back--Bookseller's catalogue.

Notes

In: Monatliche Correspondenz zur Beförderung der Erd- und Himmels-Kunde / herausgegeben von F. von Zach --Vierter band. [October 1801], [chapter] XL.

Sidney should read as Sydney.

Text in German and English.

Subjects Bennelong, - approximately 1764-1813 - Correspondence.  |  Aboriginal Australians - New South Wales - Sydney - Correspondence.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Zach, Franz Xaver von, 1754-1832
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To Mr. Phillips, Steward to Lord Sidney. Sidney, New South Wales, August 29, 1796

To Mr. Phillips, Steward to Lord Sydney. Sydney, New South Wales, August 29, 1796

Schreiben eines Neuholländers

Monatliche Correspondenz zur Beförderung der Erd- und Himmels- Kunde.

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