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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.
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 University.
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 grave-robbers.
|Conversion chart||p. xiv|
|Deep time and human history: The Sydney environment||p. 19|
|Encounters in Eora country||p. 32|
|The Camp, the canvas||p. 61|
|'Food from a common industry': Public farms and common lands||p. 83|
|Seeding and breeding||p. 98|
|Views from Flagstaff Hill||p. 158|
|Landscape artists: The Macquaries in Sydney||p. 189|
|The face of the country||p. 233|
|Nefarious geographies||p. 280|
|'A very bountiful place indeed': Women and country||p. 310|
|Soft colony||p. 351|
|Taking possession||p. 386|
|War on the Cumberland Plain||p. 448|
|List of illustrations||p. 612|
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Published: July 2009
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Dimensions (cm): 25.1 x 18.0 x 4.6
Weight (kg): 1.466