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Winner of the 2010 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction
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.
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 place.
About The Author
Grace Karskens teaches Australian History at the University of New
South Wales and is the author of The Rocks: Life in Early Sydney
This story pulled me in and wouldn't let me go until the last page. Grace Karskens speaks for all the characters of early Sydney, often in their own words. Not what I expected from a history text!
"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""
Deep time and human history: The Sydney environment
Encounters in Eora country
The Camp, the canvas
Food from a common industry': Public farms and common lands
Seeding and breeding
Views from Flagstaff Hill
Landscape artists: The Macquaries in Sydney
The face of the country
A very bountiful place indeed': Women and country
War on the Cumberland Plain
List of illustrations
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ISBN: 9781742373645 ISBN-10: 174237364X Audience:
Number Of Pages: 696 Published: 1st July 2010 Publisher: Allen & Unwin Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 17.2
Weight (kg): 1.29
Edition Number: 1