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'The experience and impact of Bennelong on the London scene is compared to Omai, a Tahitian predecessor who had visited the court 20 years. Bennelong's role as an object of curiosity. How he compared with Omai in this regard is hard to estimate. There could be some truth in saying that while Omai was taken up and cultivated, Bennelong was politely inspected. He seems not to have excited anyone's philosophical, literary or artistic imagination, and there is certainly nothing on record comparable with Granville Sharp's discourses with Omai (Hoare 1820:220-7).No portrait of Bennelong in London has survived, nor evidence that one was ever made. Perhaps the lack of interest merely reflects how readily the exotic is betrayed by familiarity. All the same, some contrasts between the two men and their contexts are worth considering.'  (Publication abstract)

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    y separately published work icon Australian Aboriginal Studies no. 2 2004 Z1187959 2004 periodical issue

    'In this issue of Australian Aboriginal Studies we present a diversity of articles. Michael Rowland considers the revival of the caricature of the ‘noble savage’— or ‘ecologically noble savage’ existing in harmony with nature—that he has identified in some recent publications on environmental issues, and discusses negative implications of the concept. In doing so, he faces the possibility that such a critique might be seen as an attack on indigeneity, but is bolstered by the observation that his criticisms are shared by some Indigenous Australian scholars.'  (Editorial introduction)

    pg. 87-89
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