The 125 year story of one of the worlds greatest urban parks. Centennial Park, in the heart of Sydney, opened in 1888 to mark the centenary of colonisation. It has been the stage for celebration of Federation and many other national milestones.This book begins in the earliest days of settlement, recounting the wild origins of the vast area that is now verdant parkland. It reviews the fanfare, the controversies and scandals, the design and landscaping, flora and fauna, and fun and games that have always been part of life in the Park.
Rarely does a park so revealingly mirror the community it serves. Many quaint, surprising, hair raising and comic encounters related in the book shed light on Australian society and famous people. Engagingly written, richly illustrated with pictures old and new, indexed, as beautifully presented as the Park it surveys.
About the Author
Paul Ashton is professor of Public History at UTS, Sydney and co-director of the Australian Centre of Public History. His many publications include Australian History Now, and The Accidental City.
Kate Blackmore is the historian who co-wrote Centennial Park: A History with Paul Ashton 25 years ago for the centenary of the Park.
Armanda Scorrano is a historian and teacher of communications at UTS, with research specialties in feminist legal history, cultural representaiotns and nationalism.
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 18th March 2014
Publisher: Halstead Press