Author(s): Grace Karskens
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.
The Colony 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.
Winner of Prime Minister's Literary Awards (Australia): Non-Fiction 2010 and Urban History Association Best Book in Non-North American Urban History Category 2010. Shortlisted for Manning Clark House National Cultural Awards, Individual Category 2009.
Grace Karskens's 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 Cumberland- Gloucester Streets Archaeological Project, she combined history and archaeology to explore the lost world of the Rocks neighbourhoods in her book Inside the Rocks.
Acknowledgments..Introduction..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..Epilogue..Notes..List of illustrations and sources..Bibliography..Index