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The Hawkesbury river : a social and natural history

Boon, Paul I.2017
Books, Manuscripts
A definitive account of the natural history of the Hawkesbury River and the pivotal role it has played in history. The Hawkesbury River is the longest coastal river in New South Wales. A vital source of water and food, it has a long Aboriginal history and was critical for the survival of the early British colony at Sydney. The Hawkesbury’s weathered shores, cliffs and fertile plains have inspired generations of artists. It is surrounded by an unparalleled mosaic of national parks, including the second-oldest national park in Australia, Ku-ring-gai National Park. Although it lies only 35 km north of Sydney, to many today the Hawkesbury is a ‘hidden river’ – its historical and natural significance not understood or appreciated.
Clayton, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, 2017.
564 pages ; illustrations, tables, maps
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Prologue: the best hidden river in the world -- 1. Geography – Physical and human -- 2. Geology – A skeleton of sandstone -- 3. How the Hawkesbury came to be an estuary -- 4. Hydrology – Floods, droughts and river regulation -- 5. The vexed matter of water quality -- 6. Biota – Plants, animals and mythical creatures -- 7. Jewels in the crown – The protected areas -- 8. An Aboriginal river -- 9. European discovery and early exploration -- 10. European occupation and exploitation -- 11. Barrier I – Road and ferry crossings -- 12. Barrier II – Railway crossings -- 13. Conduit – Boats and shipping -- 14. A strategic river – Defending the northern gateway to Sydney -- 15. The river as muse – Artists, musicians and writers inspired by the Hawkesbury -- 16. Epilogue – Whither the Hawkesbury?
9780643107595 (hardback)
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