Lieutenant Dawes (1762-1836) was an English astronomer/surveyor who recorded the language of the indigenous Eora people
of Sydney Cove, Australia, in the colonial period.
This was the period when the Eora people
were largely avoiding contact with the Europeans and when Governor Phillip finally felt obliged to capture one or two in order to teach them English and thereby gain some information about the resources of the interior.
In short: Bennelong walked in two worlds, and was decisive in convincing the Eora people
to 'come in' to the settlement in 1790.
He shows that almost all victims of attacks by Eora people
were convicts and this thus reduced military retaliation against the Eora people