The Colony

The Colony : A history of early Sydney

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'Grace Karskens writes with the passion and insight of a novelist, and the accuracy of a historian. To read it is to have one's imagination stretched.' - Thomas Keneally, Sydney Morning HeraldThe 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.Enthusiastically received on first publication, this is a landmark account of the birthplace of modern Australia, and a fascinating and richly textured narrative of people and more

Product details

  • Paperback | 696 pages
  • 172.72 x 243.84 x 40.64mm | 1,224.69g
  • Allen & Unwin
  • St Leonards, Australia
  • English
  • Main
  • 32-page full-colour insert, plus 120 b&w illustrations
  • 174237364X
  • 9781742373645
  • 18,573

About Grace Karskens

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

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""show more

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

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