The Colony

The Colony : A History of Early Sydney

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The Colony is the story of the marvellously contrary, endlessly energetic early years of Sydney. It is an intimate account of the transformation of a campsite in a beautiful cove to the town that later became Australia's largest and best-known city.From the sparkling beaches to the foothills of the Blue Mountains, Grace Karskens skilfully reveals how landscape shaped the lives of the original Aboriginal inhabitants and newcomers alike. She traces the ways in which relationships between the colonial authorities and ordinary men and women broke with old patterns, and the ways that settler and Aboriginal histories became entwined. She uncovers the ties between the burgeoning township and its rural hinterland expanding along the river systems of the Cumberland Plain.This is a landmark account of the birthplace of modern Australia, and a fascinating and richly textured narrative of people and place. 'This is a spellbinding saga of the beginnings of modern Australia. The Colony is a stunning achievement. It will change the way you feel about Australian history.' - Professor Tom Griffiths, Australian National Universityshow more

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  • Hardback | 696 pages
  • 182 x 246 x 44mm | 1,460.56g
  • Allen & Unwin
  • Sydney, Australia
  • English
  • Illustrations (some col.)
  • 1741756375
  • 9781741756371
  • 411,514

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Deep time and human history2. Encounters in Eora country3. The Camp, the canvas4. Food from a common industry5. Seeding and breeding6. Views from Flagstaff Hill7. Landscape artists: the Macquaries in Sydney8. The face of the country9. Nefarious geographies10. A very bountiful place indeed11. Soft colony12. Taking possession13. War on the Cumberland Plain14 AftermathEpilogueNotesList of illustrations and sourcesBibliographyIndexshow more

About Grace Karskens

Grace Karskens teaches Australian History at the University of New South Wales. Her groundbreaking book The Rocks: Life in Early Sydney won the 1998 NSW Premier's Award for Local and Regional History and established the author as a leading historian of colonial Australia. As Project Historian for the world-renowned Cumberland-Gloucester Streets Archaeological Project (1994-1999) she combined history and archaeology to explore the lost world of the Rocks neighbourhoods in her book Inside the Rocks. She has also written local histories and is a regular contributor to journals on topics ranging from convicts to museums to more

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