Historic Sydney: The Founding of Australia

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 164 pages
Author: S. de Vries
Year: 2013
ISBN: 9781922109934
Other: b&w & colour photos, maps, bibliog, index
Publisher: Boolarong Press

Sydney, from the early days of an Olympic city. This book is a fascinating narrative of Sydney's past based in historical records and early pictures. The informative and entertaining text is written by an award-winning author with a vivid eye for detail.

This well-researched book has become an Australian classic. Everyone with an interest in Sydney's history should possess a copy. Paintings, drawings and engravings by some of Australia's finest artists record the establishment of the convict settlement. Through vivid text and colourful paintings we are transported back to the first hundred years of Old Sydney Town and watch it turn into a beautiful harbour city.

Unlike the earliest days of London, Paris or New York, Sydney's founding years were recorded in watercolours and drawings by trained naval and military artists, which makes this book fascinating and unique. Its pages reveal aspects of Sydney's daily life and development with cricket matches and picnic parties in the Domain, sailing races on the harbour, the paddocks of Paddington Village and the workers' cottages of Balmain. The book is an important record of Sydney suburbs, colonial mansions, convict cottages and part of the city that have been destroyed as well as areas that have been restored and are part of Australia's heritage.

120 paintings and sketches in the book bring to life the unique past of a city that has now evolved into a cosmopolitan capital and Olympic venue.

- The Founding of Australia
- George Street, Australia's First High Street
- Australia's First Hospital
- A French Spy at Sydney Cove
- Macquarie Street from Campbell's Cove
- Robert Campbell and Sydney's First Private Wharf
- 'The Artful Delinquent' Paints Sydney Cove
- The Rocks by John Eyre, Convict Artist
- Miller's Point and Darling Harbour 1845
- Macquarie's Sydney
- The Military Hospital and the Fort Street School
- The Taverns of the Rocks
- Miller's Point and the Last Windmill
- Old Sydney Streets
- Samuel Elyard and the Queen's Wharf
- The Charm of the Rocks
- Building the Argyle Cut
- The Rocks by Sir William Elliot Johnson, Painter and Politician
- Crime and Punishment in George Street
- Bungaree, King of Sydney
- King Bungaree and Queen Cora Gooseberry
- George Street 1798
- George Street 1883
- The Building of the Town Hall
- George Street and the Gold Rush
- The First Post Office of Australia
- David Jones Opens in George Street
- The Power and Prestige of the Post Office
- The Old George Street Markets
- St. Mark's Church, Darling Point
- St. Jame's Church, King Street
- The Saga of the Governors' Residences
- The New Government House
- The Burning of the Garden Palace
- John Boston's Domain Windmill
- Fort Macquarie
- The South Head Lighthouse
- The Tank Stream
- In the Domain
- Bridge Street
- The Convict Builders of Sydney
- The Carter Barracks and the Treadmill
- Lyons Terrace, Liverpool Street
- The Hyde Park Barracks
- The Customs House and Circular Quay
- Building Circular Quay
- 'The Sydney Morning Herald' and the Gold Rush
- Berry's Bay and Wollstonecraft
- Darling Point and Carthona
- Double Bay and Lindesay
- The Views from Vaucluse
- The Prince of Point Piper
- Elizabeth Bay
- North Sydney and Conrad Martens
- The Paddocks of Paddington
- The First Lady of Annandale
- Balmain and T.S. Mort
- The University of Sydney
- Cleveland House, Surry Hills
- Ben Boyd and Neutral Bay
- Manly and Mosman Bay
- The First Ferries
- The Sydney Regatta
- A Proposal for Bridging the Harbour
- Genesis and Growth 1877-1888

1 Review
  • Old Sydney Revealed

    Posted by Gary B on 13th Aug 2017

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. A real insight into old Sydney in pictures and words. Susanna de Vries writes a very descriptive narrative and the plates included are magnificent. The back cover map is very well presented.

    I would recommend this book to any old Sydney historian.

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