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    Rocks: Life in Early Sydney (Paperback) By (author) Grace Karskens


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    DescriptionThe Rocks is Sydney's earliest surviving neighbourhood. Grace Karskens builds up a vivid picture of the lives of its earliest white inhabitants. A wealth of historical documents, pictures, maps and archaeological evidence allows her to recover the words and gestures, tastes and habits, aspirations and fears, of the dealers, publicans, labourers, artisans, watermen, washerwomen, servants and prostitutes who lived there. What sort of town did these people make? What did it look like? How did they treat their neighbours? And what of other human relations-how did men and women behave sexually? What did they think was 'moral' behaviour? What were their marriages like? How did they bring up their children? Grace Karskens shows it was a place very different from the usual images of a brutal 'gaol colony': it was, rather, a preindustrial town, a face-to-face society, marked more by movement and opportunity, dialogue and negotiation than by coercion, discipline and punishment.

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    Life in Early Sydney
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Grace Karskens
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 312
    Width: 159 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 445 g
    ISBN 13: 9780522848441
    ISBN 10: 0522848443

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1MBF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJM
    DC21: 994.41
    BISAC V2.8: HIS004000
    Thema V1.0: NHM
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Melbourne University Press
    Imprint name
    Melbourne University Press
    Publication date
    01 June 1998
    Publication City/Country