Vienna Cottage’s Annual Heritage Lecture and Musical Program

Hear a musical program on the historic Bevington organ and a fascinating address by Professor Kate Fullagar.

They died within one year of each other. Arthur Phillip, first governor of New South Wales, died in 1814 in Bath, southwest England, after serving the British empire around the globe for over forty years. Bennelong the Wangal man from today’s Sydney region passed away in 1813, an esteemed elder of a group of Indigenous people living along the northern shores of the Parramatta River.

Phillip and Bennelong knew each other for only five years but their relationship has occupied a central role in the history of Australia’s modern founding. It helped forge connections between British and Indigenous people around Sydney Harbour during the initial period of culture shock. It has also been seen ever since as a mixed allegory of Indigenous-settler relations in all former colonies.

This lecture unravels the men’s lives from end to beginning. It takes this unusual approach in order to highlight certain aspects of the men’s lives that have until now been overlooked – namely, Phillip’s greater attachment to the empire over any one particular colony, and Bennelong’s rich Eora life after he disengaged from colonists.

Professor Kate Fullagar’s lecture derives from her forthcoming book; Bennelong and Phillip: A History Unravelled, to be published by Simon & Schuster later this year.



Join us 2pm – 4:30pm on Sunday 20 August 2023.



Tickets: $25. Price includes light refreshments.

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Funds raised will support the maintenance of All Saints Church and Vienna Cottage.

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Vienna Cottage’s Annual Heritage Lecture and Musical Program


All Saints Church
Ferry Street Hunters Hill, NSW 2110