Historical Guide to New South Wales

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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 852 pages
Author: P. Simpson
Year: 2020
ISBN: 9781922454003
Other: map
Publisher: Australian Scholarly Publishing

The 'Historical Guide to New South Wales' is a unique reference work. Never before has there been an attempt to succinctly record the location, history, industries, buildings, calamities and the population of over 9,700 cities, towns, villages, hamlets and localities (outside Sydney), whether extant or defunct.

Neither has a record ever been made of the numerous surveyors who laid out our towns and the architects, engineers and builders who designed and built their most important structures. The small size of most of these places has never justified their inclusion in any standard reference book and, until now, their location and history have been a mystery to most.

This book attempts to collate the significant details of each place from 1788 to 2020. More specifically, it indicates when a place was settled, surveyed, gazetted and established; the local produce of the district; the public services available and when they were provided; the natural disasters, accidents, epidemics and infestations that affected the inhabitants; the churches where they were baptised and married; the factories, mills and mines in which they worked; and the graveyards and cemeteries where they were buried. In addition, it gives details of many thousands of churches, industrial structures, public buildings, public works and utilities etc. and, in many cases, who designed them, when they were built and by whom.

With over 850 pages, this huge volume will be indispensable to historians, geographers, librarians, heritage consultants, local historical societies, local councils, journalists, family historians and more!!

Arranged alphabetically this part dictionary, part-gazetteer really is the ultimate reference book for places throughout New South Wales.

A-Z of New South Wales Places




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  • Historical Guide to New South Wales

    Posted by glenys nagle on 10th May 2021

    Have found this Guide very informative, having grown up in country New South Wales and now interested in Family History it is providing background information on what was happening when they arrived in the mid 1800s. They were true pioneers of the bush.

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