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The Colony: A History of Early Sydney

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The Colony is the story of the marvelously 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 skillfully reveals how landscape shaped both ...more
Hardcover, 540 pages
Published 2009 by Allen & Unwin
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Alison
Nov 08, 2013 Alison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For three glorious weeks with this book, I was immersed in the world of early Sydney. It's not the shortest book, but I still wasn't ready for it to end.

Which is not to say it was a pleasant read. In particular, Karskens well researched and empathetic account of the war on the Cumberland plain is a very tough read. Karskens eschews the more common historical approaches of either denying the extent of the devastation caused to local communities by white settlement, or by blaming that devastation
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Johnthorpe
Apr 04, 2010 Johnthorpe rated it really liked it
Letting my history geek side run free but I really enjoyed this - well written, beautifully illustrated and adds a different dimension to how I look at Australia.
Tanya Tyson
Dec 08, 2012 Tanya Tyson rated it it was amazing
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I had read bits and pieces of this as required for work over the last couple of years but decided to do the cover to cover approach to get a better sense of the overall story...and apart from having to lug the huge tome around (I had a hard cover version) I am so very glad I did. Grace Karskens depicts the people of early Sydney with a real humanity, not just as historical figures or dry 'facts'...although you will find many scholarly pieces of information in there as well. I loved the landscape ...more
Doug Riley
Jun 12, 2010 Doug Riley rated it really liked it
Excellent treatise of early Sydney, Karskens descriptions of the relationship between the early settlers / convicts and the indigenous people is very sensitive and helps to provide a better understanding of them, would have been better with coloured illustrations.

reviewed Weekend Australian 26/7/2009 by Cassandra Pybus
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