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The Hawkesbury River : A Social and Natural History - Paul I. Boon

The Hawkesbury River

A Social and Natural History

Hardcover Published: 1st July 2017
ISBN: 9780643107595
Number Of Pages: 584

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The Hawkesbury River is the longest coastal river in New South Wales. A vital source of water and food, it has a long Aboriginal history and was critical for the survival of the early British colony at Sydney. The Hawkesbury’s weathered shores, cliffs and fertile plains have inspired generations of artists. It is surrounded by an unparalleled mosaic of national parks, including the second-oldest national park in Australia, Ku-ringgai National Park.

Although it lies only 35 km north of Sydney, to many today the Hawkesbury is a ‘hidden river’ – its historical and natural significance not understood or appreciated. Until now, the Hawkesbury has lacked an up-to-date and comprehensive book describing how and when the river formed, how it functions ecologically, how it has influenced humans and their patterns of settlement and, in turn, how it has been affected by those settlements and their people.

The Hawkesbury River: A Social and Natural History fills this gap.

About the Author

Paul Boon is a Professor in the Institute for Sustainability and Innovation at Victoria University, Melbourne, and has published extensively on aquatic ecology and management. He is an Associate Editor of the journals Marine and Freshwater Research and Pacific Conservation Biology, a past President of the Australian Society for Limnology, and serves on numerous science advisory committees.

The Hawkesbury stole his heart as a boy; he spent his childhood and adolescence on the river and conducted field studies for his BSc(Hons) project on mangroves at Brooklyn.




Prologue - the best hidden river in the world

1: Geography - Physical and human

2: Geology - A skeleton of sandstone

3: How the Hawkesbury came to be an estuary

4: Hydrology - Floods, droughts and river regulation

5: The vexed matter of water quality

6: Biota - Plants, animals and mythical creatures

7: Jewels in the crown - The protected areas

8: An Aboriginal river

9: European discovery and early exploration

10: European occupation and exploitation

11: Barrier I - Road and ferry crossings

12: Barrier II - Railway crossings

13: Conduit - Boats and shipping

14: A strategic river - Defending the northern gateway to Sydney

15: The river as muse - Artists, musicians and writers inspired by the Hawkesbury

16: Epilogue - Whither the Hawkesbury?



ISBN: 9780643107595
ISBN-10: 0643107592
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 584
Published: 1st July 2017
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 17.0  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 1.47

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