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
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.
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.
"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
"Grace Karskens writes with the passion and insight of a novelist, and the accuracy of a historian. . . . To read it is to have one's imagination stretched." --Thomas Keneally, author, Schindler's List