History has typically depicted Bennelong as a tragic figure lost between two worlds - but sailors' journals suggest he still held authority after his return from the UK.
The NSW government has purchased the land where Bennelong is buried. His third wife played a key role in the early colonisation of Australia.
The polls are showing a close contest in the Bennelong byelection between the Liberals' John Alexander and Labor's Kristina Keneally.
Michelle Grattan and Nick Klomp discuss the week in politics.
Labor is running high-profile former New South Wales premier Kristina Keneally in the December 16 Bennelong byelection.
Newspoll has delivered a sweeping new setback to Malcolm Turnbull, with a big cut in his 'better prime minister' rating and Labor increasing its two-party lead to a massive 55-45%.
John Alexander is expected to resign over the weekend, becoming the latest MP to be claimed by the dual citizenship crisis.
Just 210 of nearly 13,000 biographical entries in the Australian Dictionary of Biography are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women. A new project aims to change this.