Blackheath History Forum: Recovering the Hawkesbury's Vanished Places - Four River Stories
Corner Leichhardt Street and the Great Western Highway, Blackheath, NSW, 2785, Australia
21st October 2017
Grace is fascinated by lost places: the physical processes and politics by which one landscape succeeds another over time; the way we can read markers of earlier, phases in later landscapes; and the impacts these vast changes have on people. Her talk will present and discuss four elemental stories from her forthcoming book People of the River (Allen and Unwin), a history of Aboriginal and settler peoples on the Hawkesbury-Nepean River from deep time to about 1830. These stories sketch out new ways to understand people and country in early colonial Australia, exploring the profound power of the bush and the river in shaping human destiny and sense of place in this country. Time: 4pm. Refreshments available for purchase.