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the fatal shore continued. i was wrong. this book is six hundred dense pages. it's actually quite a good book, and if anyone has an urge to read upon australian convict history, this is the place to start. but this is the last of these...

the fatal shore by robert hughes. the fatal shore is a big book, five hundred pages of dense words. you can compare it and birmingham's leviathan together, and even though i am half way through the first, it's considerably more intelligent and thought out than the...

sydney was named after lord sydney, who gave arthur philip, retired and a basic nonentity in naval history, the job. tim flannery claims that sydney, 'as a secretary of state for the home department [he] was an incompetent bureaucrat, unequal to the most ordinary of...

redfern is named after william redfern, a naval surgeon who was shipped over as a convict. but after two years was pardoned and put in charge of the hospital around there. redfern, currently, is one of the less well through of places on sydney's landscape, especially...

the other side of the frontier by henry reynolds. to the eora standing in the harbour that would become the beacon of sydney, the tall ships that came in with white men were thronged with ghosts, returned family members and enemies, having travelled the oceans back...

the birth of sydney a final look. the view of sydney that flannery presents in this book is one not of politics, or of war, or luxury. it's the vision of hardship--the shark of mark twain's entry. (perhaps the best entry and i would like to...

mark twain, who is quoted for a section of the birth of sydney offers the perfect metaphor for sydney. what twain offers is the story of a man who pulls from the belly of a shark, a newspaper ten days old saying germany declared war on...

in the middle of the birth of sydney which is introduced and edited by time flannery. it's a fascinating book, actually. the first forty pages is a brief history by flannery, which includes information about rocks to tell what direction your facing. and then he...