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Based upon the internationally renowned Cumberland/Gloucester Streets archaeological excavation, this book takes us inside the everyday life of Sydney's historic Rocks area over the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The author focuses on human experience, exploring social, community, family and personal life at the intimate level made possible by the 'buried treasure' from the site, combined with oral and family history, and set within the broader sweep of nineteenth-century social history.
The story begins with glimpses of Aboriginal occupation and interaction with the first Europeans and then looks closely at subsequent periods, from convict society to the culture of tradespeople and labouring families who occupied the close-packed houses during the nineteenth century. It is a story which reflects the remarkable transformation of Sydney from a pre-industrial town to one of the largest cities in the world. Maps and photographs complement this fascinating narrative about Rocks people, their houses and possessions, and the neighbourhood they created.
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Dr. Grace Karskens is an historian and historical archaeologist with postgraduate degrees in history and historical archaeology from the University of Sydney and is currently A.R.C. Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellow in the School of History at the University of New South Wales. Her interest in Sydney's Rocks area sprang from some of the projects she undertook as a freelance consultant in history and historical archaeology between 1985 and 1990. She discovered that, although the Rocks is perhaps Sydney's best-known precinct, and the focus of a great deal of heritage conservation work, it had no scholarly history. Between 1991 and 1995 she undertook doctoral research which explored the origins and early development of the area, and sought to recreate the largely convict and ex-convict community which grew up there. This research was published as The Rocks: Life in Early Sydney which in 1998 won the NSW Premier's Award for Community and Regional History and the na! tional Christina Smith Award for Community History. From 1994 to 1996 she was Project Historian for a major archaeological investigation in Cumberland Street and Inside the Rocks brings the results of this collaborative project to a general audience.
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Book Description Hale & Iremonger, 1999. Paperback. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0868066664