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Mosman: A History by Gavin Souter

Mosman: A History

by Gavin Souter

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0522845916, Hardcover)

The Sydney suburb of Mosman, a peninsula between Port Jackson and Middle Harbour, is in a class of its own. Renowned in the past for whaling and careening, pleasure grounds, artists' and bohemians' camps, and army fortifications it is still distinguished by the presence of the military, Taronga Zoo, bush, beaches, ferry travel and sailing.

In an account that is remarkable for its extensive research, vivid detail and engrossing narrative, master historian Gavin Souter traces a two-centuries course of change from Aboriginal habitation to convict farming, wharfage, residential subdivision, quarrying, and eventually what Henry Lawson called Mosman's 'red-tiled roofs of comfort'.

The narrative is composed of many elements peculiar to Mosman: bushfires, gales and shipwrecks, shark attacks, theosophy, Japanese submarines, artists and other famous residents, but it also shows how one middle-class suburb came into being and defended itself against industry, foreshore development, heavy traffic and high-rise buildings.

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