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Benelong was an Aboriginal member of the Euroa tribe which lived in the Sydney area. Benelong was captured by Governor Phillip who wanted to learn about the native inhabitants.

Benelong escaped from captivity, but later returned. Benelong thought that the white people were going to stay in the country. He thought that it would be a good idea to learn their ways and their language.

Governor Phillip built Benelong a brick hut on where the Opera House is on Benelong Point. Benelong often visited Government House for dinner.