Ben­ne­long’s grave dis­cov­ered

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

THE grave site of one of Aus­tralia’s most fa­mous his­toric fig­ures has been pin­pointed in a quiet Syd­ney sub­urb al­most 200 years af­ter his death.

T h e f i n a l r e s t i n g p l a c e o f Wool­larawarre Ben­ne­long – the first i n d i g e n o u s Au s t r a l i a n t o l i v e amongst white set­tlers – was lo­cated un­der a fam­ily’s front yard in Put­ney in north-west­ern Syd­ney af­ter an ex­ten­sive search by an aca­demic and t h e l o c a l c o u n c i l . ‘ ‘ We k n e w Ben­ne­long was buried some­where in the area but it’s al­ways been an ur­ban le­gend in terms of ex­actly where," said Dr Peter Mitchell, who is an hon­orary as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of phys­i­cal ge­og­ra­phy at Mac­quarie Univer­sity.

The grave’s lo­ca­tion will re­main se­cret un­til the coun­cil can ver­ify the find with mem­bers of Ben­ne­long’s tribe, the Wan­gal.

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