Academic and public historian Ian Hoskins illuminates the sweeping history of Sydney Harbour — one of world’s most recognisable landscapes — in the new edition of his award-winning book, Sydney Harbour: A history.
Ian Hoskins explores the story of this famous waterway, from its importance to the Gamaragal and Gadigal people to highly charged contemporary debates about the future of the ‘working harbour’ and the ownership of its foreshores. A beautifully written, superbly illustrated, and compelling book, this new edition of Sydney Harbour surveys the interactions between the glittering harbour and the people who have fished it, sailed on it, built at its edges, fought for it, portrayed it, and marvelled at it for millennia.
Ian Hoskins has worked as an academic and public historian in Sydney for over 30 years. The original edition of Sydney Harbour: A history won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Prize for History in 2010 and Coast, his history of the New South Wales coast, won the New South Wales Premier’s Prize for Community and Regional History in 2014. His most recent work, Australia & the Pacific: A history was shortlisted for the Australian History Prize in 2022. He was the CH Currey Fellow at the State Library of NSW in 2019 exploring the Library’s extensive Pacific collections.