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 more

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  • 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
  • 19,819

About Grace Karskens

Grace Karskens's 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 Cumberland- Gloucester Streets Archaeological Project, she combined history and archaeology to explore the lost world of the Rocks neighbourhoods in her book Inside the 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

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..Indexshow more