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The Colony : A History Of Early Sydney - Grace Karskens

The Colony

A History Of Early Sydney

Paperback Published: 1st July 2010
ISBN: 9781742373645
Number Of Pages: 696

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Winner of the 2010 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction

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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.

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

Industry Reviews

"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""

A different view of colonial settlement


An easy to read and very well researched book. It provides an added perspective to the impact of white settlement on the Aboriginals and the land (flora and fauna). Brilliant!



It's everyone's story


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!

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Acknowledgementsp. x
Conversion chartxp. iv
Introductionp. 1
Deep time and human history: The Sydney environmentp. 19
Encounters in Eora countryp. 32
The Camp, the canvasp. 61
Food from a common industry': Public farms and common landsp. 83
Seeding and breedingp. 98
Views from Flagstaff Hillp. 58
Landscape artists: The Macquaries in Sydneyp. 189
The face of the countryp. 233
Nefarious geographiesp. 280
A very bountiful place indeed': Women and countryp. 310
Soft colonyp. 351
Taking possessionp. 386
War on the Cumberland Plainp. 448
Aftermathp. 517
Epiloguep. 540
Abbreviationsp. 550
Notesp. 551
List of illustrationsp. 612
Bibliographyp. 622
Indexp. 663
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ISBN: 9781742373645
ISBN-10: 174237364X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 696
Published: 1st July 2010
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 17.2  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 1.28
Edition Number: 1

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