Thursday, July 12, 2007

The Birth Of Sydney by Tim Flannery (ed)

Rating: 8/10

Published: 1999
Number of pages: 349
ISBN: 1876485450

Started: 25 February 2007
Finished: 24 March 2007

Summary (taken from blurb):
The Birth Of Sydney tells the story of the founding of one of the world's great cities. Tim Flannery's brilliant anthology reveals Sydney's strange and secret life from its unruly beginnings as a dump for convicts to its arrival as the 'queen of the south' a century later. In this compelling narrative history we hear the voices of everyone from Aboriginal women to Russian sailors, from Elizabeth Macarthur to Charles Darwin and a host of others.

Another thoroughly entertaining and educational collection of accounts of the early history of Australia. It's amazing to compare the old colonial town of Sydney with what stands in its place today. A lot of stories centre around the area I work in, and I know I'll never view these streets and parks the same way again.

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