Bennelong’s grave discovered
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.