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The Birth of Sydney

The Birth of Sydney is a spectacular and brilliant anthology of writing about the creation of Australia’s oldest city. With Tim Flannery as our guide, we hear the voices of Arthur Phillip, Surgeon John White, Charles Darwin, Anthony Trollope, Nat Gould, Mark Twain and a host of others as they tell their story of a metropolis, built on one of the world’s most spectacular harbours, which began life as a dump for convicts.

Tim Flannery
About the Author

Tim Flannery has published over thirty books including the award-winning The Future Eaters, The Weather Makers and Here on Earth and the novel The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish. In 2005 he was named Australian Humanist of the Year, and in 2007 Australian of the Year. In 2007 he co-founded and was appointed Chair of the Copenhagen Climate...

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3 July 2000
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Praise for Tim Flannery
andThe Birth of Sydney

‘Will seduce the most reluctant reader into a passion for Australian history.’

‘An original book that will become fundamental to the understanding of this country in the 21st century.’

‘A journey of national self-awareness…entertaining as well as significant.’

‘Flannery brings the eye of an expert in natural history and the passion of a conservationist to his writing as he takes the reader on geological, geographical, ecological and historical tours of the Harbour City.’

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  • The Birth of Sydney
    ISBN: 9781921776588
    16 November 1999
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