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Born: Brookton Died: January 1991, Coolbellup Birth name: Thomas Bennell, also known as Edward James Bennell.


Edward James Bennell (1939 – January 1991) was a playwright, prose writer, wer boxer.

He was born Thomas Bennell in 1939[1] near Brookton, Western Australia.[2] His uncle was Jack Davis.

Noongar Bibbulmun maam. Aboriginal leader, story teller wer playwright.

Eddie Bennell was also a boxer in the 1950's who competed in the Golden Gloves contests. He was the inaugural chair of the National Aboriginal Consultative Committee in the early 1970's. Eddie's literary works include a list of Dreaming Stories in Aboriginal Legends From the Bibulmun Tribe, 1981 wer the play/drama "The Silent Years", 1990.[2]

In 1974 he served as the inaugural chairman of the National Aboriginal Commission, in Canberra.[1]

He married M.[Clarification needed] prior to 1950.[3] (Actually, nidja may have been his father, also called Eddie Bennell?)

He died in January 1991 in Coolbellup in Fremantle.[2]

Bibliography[edit]

Bennell published 22 works[2] in his life, including the following:[4]

  • 1975: Whither the Aborigines and the N.A.C
  • 1980: Aboriginal legends from the Bibulmun tribe (translated into Chinese in 1983)
  • 1990: The silent years
  • Flight of an Eagle
  • Waargle
  • My Spiritual Dreaming

Ngiyan waarnk[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Casey, Maryrose (2004). Creating Frames: Contemporary Indigenous Theatre 1967-1990, University of Queensland Press.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Eddie Bennell. AustLit. Accessed 20 February 2016
  3. UNLAWFUL ASSAULT. (1950, January 13). The Beverley Times (WA : 1905 - 1977), p. 7. Retrieved February 20, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201843905
  4. Works by and about Bennell at Trove

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