The first cultural history of one of the most significant Australian historical sites. From Captain Cook's first landfall to the present, it brings together the histories of white and black Australia.
Botany Bay is renowned as the site of Captain Cook's first landing on the east coast of New Holland in 1770, infamous as the place chosen by the British as a dumping ground for convicts, and celebrated as the birthplace of Australia.
In this remarkable history, Maria Nugent takes her readers on a journey to find what lies behind, beneath and beyond these familiar associations. Drawing on stories, objects, images, memories and the landscape itself, she collects the threads of other pasts to weave a rich, compelling and often surprising account. Local meanings jostle with national mythologies, Aboriginal remembrance disturbs white forgetting, the natural environment struggles for survival amid the smokestacks. In the process, Botany Bay becomes a site for meditating on questions of history, myth, memory and politics in Australia.
Botany Bay: where histories meet explores the role both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal history-making plays in creating and sustaining local and national communities.
Maria Nugent is a research fellow in the School of Historical Studies at Monash University.
Winner, NSW Premier's History Awards, Community and Regional History Prize category, 2006
Short-listed, Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, First Book Of History category, 2006
Short-listed, The Australian Historical Ass, 2006
Table Of Contents:
List of figures
Introduction: The road to Botany Bay
1. A place for stories
Captain Cook, colonial origins and hairy wild men
2. Sydney's backdoor
Isolating the city's unwanted at Botany Bay
3. boomerangs for sale
Tourism in the birthplace of the nation
4. A little piece of France
Commemorating the French at Botany Bay
5. From shantytowns to suburbs
Botany Bay's residential landscape
6. The past as future
Industrial development and environmental politics
7. Remembering dispossession and survival
Botany bay stories revisited
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin
Australasian & Pacific history