The Colony

A history of early Sydney

Grace Karskens
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A groundbreaking history of the colony of Sydney in its early years, from the sparkling harbour to the Cumberland Plain, from convicts to the city's political elite, from the impact of its geology to its economy.

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.

This is a landmark account of the birthplace of modern Australia, and a fascinating and richly textured narrative of people and place.

'This is a spellbinding saga of the beginnings of modern Australia. The Colony is a stunning achievement. It will change the way you feel about Australian history.' - Professor Tom Griffiths, Australian National University

Author bio:

Grace Karskens teaches Australian History at the University of New South Wales. Her groundbreaking book The Rocks: Life in Early Sydney won the 1998 NSW Premier's Award for Local and Regional History and established the author as a leading historian of colonial Australia. As Project Historian for the world-renowned Cumberland-Gloucester Streets Archaeological Project (1994-1999) she combined history and archaeology to explore the lost world of the Rocks neighbourhoods in her book Inside the Rocks. She has also written local histories and is a regular contributor to journals on topics ranging from convicts to museums to grave-robbers.

Category: History
ISBN: 9781741756371
Awards: Winner, Prime Minister's Literary Awards, Non-fiction, 2010
Winner, Urban History Association's Best Book Award, International, 2010
Short-listed, Manning Clark House National Cultural Awards 2009, Individual Category, 2010
Short-listed, Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, History Book, 2010
Short-listed, NSW Premier's History Awards, The Australian History Prize, 2010
Table Of Contents: Acknowledgments


1. Deep time and human history

2. Encounters in Eora country

3. The Camp, the canvas

4. Food from a common industry

5. Seeding and breeding

6. Views from Flagstaff Hill

7. Landscape artists: the Macquaries in Sydney

8. The face of the country

9. Nefarious geographies

10. A very bountiful place indeed

11. Soft colony

12. Taking possession

13. War on the Cumberland Plain

14 Aftermath



List of illustrations and sources


Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: July 2009
Page Extent: 696
Format: Hard Cover
Subject: Australasian & Pacific history

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