The Birth of Sydney


Author: Tim Fridtjof Flannery

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 0802136990

Category: History

Page: 380

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A narrative history of one of the world's great cities traces the development of Sydney, Australia, from its eighteenth-century origins as a remote penal colony of the British Empire to its role as the host of the 2000 Summer Olympic Games, documenting the colorful personalities, events, and institutions that have shaped the city. 25,000 first printing.

The Birth of Sydney

In The Birth of Sydney, scientist and historian Tim Flannery blends the writings of Australian explorers, settlers, leaders, journalists, and visitors to construct a compelling narrative history of the great metropolis—from its founding ...

Author: Tim Flannery

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 9780802191083

Category: History

Page: 320

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Sydney, Australia is one of the world's most beautiful and fascinating cities, home to over three and a half million people and site of the 2000 Summer Olympic Games. In The Birth of Sydney, scientist and historian Tim Flannery blends the writings of Australian explorers, settlers, leaders, journalists, and visitors to construct a compelling narrative history of the great metropolis—-from its founding as a remote penal colony of the British Empire in 1788 to its emergence as a vital trading power in the nineteenth century. Together, their voices and experiences create an unforgettable panoramic portrait of the early life of the majestic harbor city.

Sydney updated paperback edition

The Historic Houses Trust's twiceyearly tours are so popular that Sydneysiders compete in an online ballot to join them. Tim Flannery describes the ripple lines in Sydney sandstone in his introduction to The Birth of Sydney, ...

Author: Delia Falconer

Publisher: NewSouth Publishing

ISBN: 9781742244990

Category: Travel

Page: 320

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As I set out from the city's southern end, the sandstone walls beneath the Central railway line still held the day's heat...I passed a row of old terraces where feral banana trees had colonised the tiny courtyards behind them, and walked on, past the smell of Thai food, up dirty William Street...The moon rose from the invisible harbour into a sky of such deep royal blue it was almost hard to believe in. The street smelled of low tied. For all its beauty, the city could return in an instant to pulp. And that thought was strangely cheering. Sydney has always been the sexiest and brashest of our cities, but perhaps the most misunderstood. In this new edition of Sydney – part of the classic City Series – Delia Falconer conjures up its sandstone, humidity and jacarandas, its fireworks, glitz and magic. But she discards lazy stereotypes to reveal a complex city: beautiful, violent, half-wild, and at times deeply spiritual. Beginning with her childhood in a decaying '70s Sydney, caught between a faded Art Deco age and mega development, Falconer intertwines her own stories with the wellsprings of the city's history and its literary past. Melancholic, moving and funny — Sydney is about its people: mad clergymen, amateur astronomers, Indigenous weather experts, crimes and victims, photographers and artists, thinkers and dreamers. Falconer's Sydney is intensely atmospheric and seductive. Now with a new Afterword in which Falconer ponders the city's twenty-first century transformations — might it have become a softer, nicer place? Will it be able to withstand the real presence of climate change? — and her own. 'THIS is Delia Falconer's Sydney. She journeys through time and space (both hers and her city's) as an explorer, gentle companion and confidant to the ghosts of its swaggering history. This soul travel gives the book both its allure and alienation. Falconer writes beautifully and evocatively in what is a long love letter to her home town, as she delves deep into its essence. But it is in the depths that she changes, like an alchemist, the city's meaning. Perception is all. Many Sydneysiders may not recognise, or have empathy, with this place … Falconer's Sydney dazzles. You can see the city's showers of light, its clashes of lightning, its thunder teeming. Such is her skill, the elements shear off their axes. You can feel the crush of heat and humidity on your skin in summer, and the cleansing when a tempest sweeps through and washes the city clean.' – The Age 'Delia Falconer's like its harbour, brimful with tones, vivid with contemplation.' — Australian Book Review '[Falconer's] arguments about the sombre undercurrents of Sydney are more delicate than I can give here, but she has succeeded in doing something no other writer has achieved in writing about Sydney: she has given it a melancholic and spectral seriousness that for far too long has been hidden under tinsel and fairy lights. In other words, she has given the city a unique, mythic dimension. This is a brilliant book. If I were to recommend a book about Sydney to anyone, it would be this one.' — Louis Nowra, The Australian 'Falconer's Sydney depicts a city of beauty and violence, of pain and redemption. Whatever your relationship with Sydney, put aside your entrenched preconceptions and explore this book. It may not change your opinion of Australia's largest city, but I'm certain this book will give you a new perspective on our first city' — The Canberra Times

Australia and the Birth of the International Bill of Human Rights 1946 1966

... Universe Books , New York , 1977 Bunting , J , RG Menzies : A Portrait , Allen and Unwin , Sydney , 1988 Bureau of Immigration Research , Immigration Policies 1945-1991 : an annotated bibliography , Australian Government Publishing ...

Author: Annemarie Devereux

Publisher: Federation Press

ISBN: 1862875626

Category: Australia

Page: 306

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Australia and the Birth of the International Bill of Human Rights provides the first in depth examination of Australia's first reactions to 'international human rights' during the negotiations for the International Bill of Rights: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ICCPR and ICESCR. It follows Australian policy from 1946, the first year in which the United Nations began discussing a Bill of Rights until 1966 when the twin Covenants were finalized. The book looks at what successive Australian Governments understood by 'human rights' and how they responded to discussion of sensitive domestic topics such as: immigration policies self-determination for inhabitants of trust territories equal pay for men and women and balancing human rights and national security. As well as considering Australian policies towards substantive rights, the book looks at Australian policies towards international schemes for protecting rights including early proposals for an International Court of Human Rights and its later support for more modest, technical expertise based assistance for States, debates often taking place against the background of highly politicised issues such as the Cold War and the fight against apartheid. In looking at this 20 year period, the book demonstrates the way in which Australian policy changed substantially over time: as between Labor and Liberal administrations, between Ministers and bureaucrats and as between decision makers with markedly distinct visions of the ideal relationship between citizens and a State, and the individual State and the international community. In highlighting the diversity of views about human rights, this book thus challenges the notion that Australia has historically supported a universally understood set of human rights norms and underlines the number of variables which may be affecting ongoing implementation of human rights standards.

Dancing with Strangers

For a touching letter from Baneelon written from Sydney and dated 29 August 1796 to an English patron whose wife had nursed Baneelon through illness, asking for shoes and stockings, see Flannery, The Birth of Sydney, pp. 146–7.

Author: Inga Clendinnen

Publisher: Text Publishing

ISBN: 9781925410952

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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Winner, Kiriyama Prize 2004 Winner, Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2004 Winner, Best History Book, Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards 2004 Dancing with Strangers is Inga Clendinnen’s seminal account of the moment in January 1788 when the First Fleet arrived in Sydney Harbour and a thousand British men and women, some of them convicts and some of them free, encountered the Australians living there. ‘These people mixed with ours,’ wrote a British observer after landfall, ‘and all hands danced together.’ What followed would shape relations between the peoples for the next two centuries. Inga Clendinnen was born in Geelong in 1934. Her early books and scholarly articles on the Aztecs and Maya of Mexico earned her a reputation as one of the world’s finest historians. Reading the Holocaust, Tiger’s Eye and Dancing with Strangers have been critically acclaimed and won a number of local and international awards. ‘I cannot imagine that a more vivid or beguiling account of the origins of British Australia will ever be extraordinary achievement.’ Robert Manne, Age ‘Wonderfully brave and stylishly written...Sometimes provocative, but startling in the way it entertainingly refreshes our history.’ Courier Mail ‘Because we know the outcome, the story has a deep poignancy. But Clendinnen does not just plod through the familiar sad story of oppression. Hers is a lyrical account that draws us into its passionate heart.’ New Zealand Herald ‘A masterful book, elegantly conceived and written with narrative brilliance. Clendinnen is witty, incisively poetic.’ Anne McGrath, Age ‘Enthralling, and masterful in its prose...Clendinnen’s characters come vividly to life in her poetically written and compelling story.’ Toowoomba Chronicle

Black Founders

The Birth of Sydney , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 1999 Flynn , Michael , The Second Fleet : Britain's Grim Convict Armada of 1790 , Sydney : Library of Australian History , 1993 Foley , Daniel J. , ' The Botany Bay Decision : Another ...

Author: Cassandra Pybus

Publisher: UNSW Press

ISBN: 0868408492

Category: History

Page: 240

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"Black Founders changes the way we think about the foundation of Australia. In an evocative and compelling narrative, distinguished historian and prize-winning author Cassandra Pybus reveals how the settlement of Australia was a multi-racial process from the outset. Pybus has uncovered that our black founders were originally slaves from America who sought freedom with the British during the American Revolution, only to find themselves abandoned and unemployed in England once the war was over."--BOOK JACKET.

Four Classic Quarterly Essays on the Australian Story

247-8 Peter Cunningham, Two Years in New South Wales, London, Henry Col- burn, 1827; also found in Tim Flannery ed., The Birth of Sydney, Melbourne, Text, 1999, pp. 240–241. 250 On early acceptance of Chinese diggers see Eric Rolls, ...

Author: David Malouf

Publisher: Black Inc.

ISBN: 9781863953504

Category: Australia

Page: 306

View: 166


Still fresh and relevant, each Quarterly Essayin this collection is by a celebrated Australian writer. Together they make a thought-provoking and exceptionally readable book. Each essay here offers an intriguing angle on the Australian story. There is David Malouf's elegant and truthful account of the British inheritance and Mungo MacCallum's devastating chronicling of the refugee crisis and Australian history. There is Tim Flannery's provocative overview of our history as seen through an environmental lens, and Guy Rundle's characterisation of John Howard and his vision of Australia. This is a book that collects some of the finest Australian non-fiction writing of recent years in one place.

Quarterly Essay 9 Beautiful Lies

2 On population figures without post-war immigration see A.J. Marshall, Australia Limited, Sydney,Angus ... Husain is found in the Sydney Gazette, 26 March 1806; also in Tim Flannery ed., The Birth of Sydney, Melbourne,Text, 1999, pp.

Author: Tim Flannery

Publisher: Black Inc.

ISBN: 9781921825088

Category: Nature

Page: 125

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In the first Quarterly Essay of 2003, Tim Flannery launches an attack on the various lies that we tell ourselves about our resources, our past and our future. The lie of terra nullius that made us ignore the Aborigines' knowledge of the environment. The lie of the Snowy Mountains Scheme that did untold damage to our river system for the sake of white immigration. The lie that rushing to preserve wilderness will save endangered species. Tim Flannery is also skeptical about the myths of multiculturalism, and he argues that we cannot sustain a larger population given our resources. In his conclusion, he asks how we can discharge our responsibility to the refugees who are the victims of American policies we collude with. 'This essay is written as a thundering no to the characteristic Australian assumption that 'She'll be right' ... This is a Quarterly Essay written in the passionate belief that we need a coherent policy on population ... If we do not have one, we will never be in a position to do justice to ... the dispossessed people of the earth; indeed our children's children will ... think we have dishonoured their birthright.' —Peter Craven, Introduction 'The refusal to ratify the Kyoto Protocol will almost certainly, in time, be remembered as the greatest failure of the Howard government - Tampa, detention camps and Iraq notwithstanding.' —Tim Flannery, Beautiful Lies


Flannery, Tim, 2003, The Birth of Sydney, Melbourne, Text Publishing. Fleming, John, 1829, 'No. LXXXII: On systems and methods in natural history, by J. E. Bicheno, Esq. (Linn. Trans. xv., part 2)', Quarterly Review (London), vol.

Author: Robyn Stacey

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521874533

Category: Art

Page: 189

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When the first British visitors arrived on Australia's shores at the end of the eighteenth century, it was not only the potential of its space that tantalised them, but the extraordinary living things that they found there. Every European collector worth his salt desired a kangaroo, a parakeet, a waratah, and ship after ship sailed north loaded with Australia's remarkable natural history specimens. In 1826, the most serious collector to make his own trip to the antipodes arrived - his name was Alexander Macleay, and over 70 years he and his family accumulated an unbelievably rich and diverse collection of specimens from Australia itself and beyond. Museum throws open the doors of a historically rich and rare collection, stunningly captured in the images of Robyn Stacey. It reclaims the stories of those specimens, and those obsessions, revealing another chapter of Australia's own very particular, passionate and unique history.

Sydney s One Special Evangelist

And do you know what ensued in the years that came along? All the benets of that successful surgery were mine. A Let me tell you what it's like in the new birth. It is something which God does in us and through us by his Word.

Author: Baden P. Stace

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781666749106

Category: Religion

Page: 504

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This landmark work is the first academic study of a figure who played a defining role in the Australian evangelical movement of the late twentieth century--the inimitable preacher, evangelist, and churchman John C. Chapman. The study situates Chapman's career within the secularizing Western cultures of the post-1960s--a period bringing momentous changes to the social and religious fabric of Western society. At the same time, global Evangelicalism was reviving, bringing vitality to large swathes in the Global South and a re-balancing in Western societies as conservative religious movements experienced growth and even renewal amidst wider secularizing trends. Against this backdrop the study explores the way in which, across a wide array of domestic and international fora, Chapman contended for the soteriological priority of the gospel in Christian life, mission, and thought. Accomplished via an absorbing blend of personal wit, impassioned oratory, innovative missiological strategy, and striking theological perception, the result was a stimulating history of public advocacy that sought a revival of confidence in Evangelicalism's message, and a constantly reforming vision of Evangelicalism's method. Such a legacy marks Chapman as a central figure within the generation of postwar leaders whose work has given Australian Evangelicalism its contemporary shape and dynamism.