The Colony: A History of Early Sydney

The Colony: A History of Early Sydney


By (author) Grace Karskens


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  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin
  • Format: Paperback | 696 pages
  • Dimensions: 173mm x 244mm x 41mm | 1,225g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2011
  • Publication City/Country: St Leonards
  • ISBN 10: 174237364X
  • ISBN 13: 9781742373645
  • Illustrations note: 32-page full-colour insert, plus 120 b&w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 32,557

Product description

A groundbreaking history of the colony of Sydney in its early years, from the sparkling harbour to the Cumberland Plain, from convicts to the city's political elite, from the impact of its geology to its economy.

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Author information

Grace Karskens teaches Australian History at the University of New South Wales and is the author of The Rocks: Life in Early Sydney

Review quote

"Grounded in reality, free of stereotypes, and balanced in its judgment. It neither romanticizes nor condemns and thereby provides a foundation story that we can all recognize." --"Sydney Morning Herald"

Table of contents

Acknowledgments..Introduction..1. Deep time and human history..2. Encounters in Eora country..3. The Camp, the canvas..4. Food from a common industry..5. Seeding and breeding..6. Views from Flagstaff Hill..7. Landscape artists: the Macquaries in Sydney..8. The face of the country..9. Nefarious geographies..10. A very bountiful place indeed..11. Soft colony..12. Taking possession..13. War on the Cumberland Plain..14 Aftermath..Epilogue..Notes..List of illustrations and sources..Bibliography..Index