Sunday, 31 July 2016

Unknown (July)

Woollarawarre Bennelong (circa 1764–1813) is here portrayed by Unknown. Did Unknown travel by ship over unfamiliar waters to an unfamiliar land, with an assortment of other Unknowns? Or was Unknown a homebody, born to enjoy the luxuries of England? Their names are in registers, their letters home, their sketches and prints may be filed somewhere, known or unknown. We think we know about Bennelong, yet but for the happenstance of Settlement he would be, together with his people, Unknown. Like the settlers and prisoners, just to the left of the household name, labouring through July, with the Unknown majority.

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