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Emma Dortins

Emma Dortins

Emma Dortins trained as a historian and published her first book, The Lives of Stories: Three Aboriginal-Settler friendships, in 2018. She now works in government roles in heritage and planning.

Emma Dortins reviews ‘Bennelong & Phillip: A history unravelled’ by Kate Fullagar

January-February 2024, no. 461 18 December 2023
The story of the extended encounter between Eora Aboriginal man Bennelong and Arthur Phillip, first governor of the British colony at Sydney, has often been told as both emblematic and predictive of the history of British possession of Australia, and of Aboriginal dispossession. Historians such as Grace Karskens and Keith Vincent Smith have peeled back the layers of this narrative to find ways of ... (read more)