Australian history

Hawkesbury River at sunrise

UNSW Sydney's Grace Karskens reveals the complex and controversial history of the Hawkesbury River in her latest book People of the River.

henry parkes

Parkes is known as the 'Father of Federation'. His tireless championing of a united Australia brought the colonies together and set them on a course for nationhood.

Vincent Namitjira's Close Contact

For too long, Cook was a promise recollected in pigment, bronze and stone. Contemporary First Nations artists are challenging this imagery.

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Grace Karskens is Professor of History in the School of Humanities and Languages at UNSW. Her research areas include Australian colonial history, urban history, cross-cultural history and environmental history.

clay bowl Sydney

Though the Indigenous inhabitants were using white clay long before them, Sydney-made pottery helped colonists maintain different aspects of 'civilised' behaviour.

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Discover why male-dominated sex ratios in Australia’s history could still be affecting attitudes today.

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A new book by Ian Tyrrell reveals the history of Sydney’s Cooks River and the role it has played in our dreams of prosperity and pleasure.

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World-leading historian Alison Bashford has always been interested in how the past shapes our present. 

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A little-known incident 100 years ago reminds us that Australia at the time was riven by class, religious and political divisions, writes Jeff Kildea.

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UNSW's Professor Grace Karskens has won a major fellowship that will enable her to use State Library of NSW archives to research Aboriginal names and stories about the Hawkesbury River.

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