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The Birth of Sydney (1999)
by Tim Flannery
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802136990, Paperback)
The story of the founding and rise to prominence of one of the world's greatest cities -- Sydney, Australia, site of the 2000 Summer Olympic Games. Blending together the writings of early Australian settlers, leaders, journalists, and explorers, in The Birth of Sydney editor Tim Flannery constructs a compelling narrative history of the early life of one of the world's most fascinating metropolises. From the majestic harbor city's infancy as a remote penal colony of the British Empire in 1788 to its emergence as a vital trading power in the nineteenth century, the book tells the stories of the people who made its history. In their own words and the words of their contemporaries, The Birth of Sydney brings to life the colorful personalities that built the city, from Bennelong, the Aborigine who befriended the early English settlers and eventually traveled to the court of King George III, to Nat Gould, an immigrant who turned his observations of life in colonial Australia into a series of best-selling books in his native England. It also includes observations by early visitors including Captain Cook, Charles Darwin, and Mark Twain.
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"Tim Flannery's anthology tells the unique story of Australia's first city, from its unruly beginnings to its arrival as the 'queen of the south' a century later." "Sydney was born like no other city before it: 1500 souls - both convicts and their gaolers - struggled during the tempestuous summer of 1788 to establish an outpost of empire in a remote and incomprehensible new land. Edited and introduced to acclaimed biologist and historian Tim Flannery, The Birth of Sydney includes the voices of its settlers and inhabitants from Aboriginal women to Irish rebels and Russian sailors. Charles Darwin, Anthony Trollope and Mark Twain join a host of others in thes pages to write the biography of Australia's first city."--BOOK JACKET.
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