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The Sydney Wars: Conflict in the early colony, 1788-1817

Stephen Gapps


New South Books

Australasian & Pacific history;
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900;
Colonialism & imperialism;
Military history;
Advocate - History


432 pages

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The Sydney Wars tells the history of military engagements between Europeans and Aboriginal Australians - described as "this constant sort of war" by one early colonist - around the greater Sydney region.

Telling the story of the first years of colonial Sydney in a new and original way, this provocative book is the first detailed account of the warfare that occurred across the Sydney region from the arrival of a British expedition in 1788 to the last recorded conflict in the area in 1817. The Sydney Wars sheds new light on how British and Aboriginal forces developed military tactics and how the violence played out.

Analysing the paramilitary roles of settlers and convicts and the militia defensive systems that were deployed, it shows that white settlers lived in fear, while Indigenous people fought back as their land and resources were taken away. Stephen Gapps details the violent conflict that formed part of a long period of colonial strategic efforts to secure the Sydney basin and, in time, the rest of the continent.

"A powerful and cogent contribution to one of the most contentious aspects of Australian history: the war between British settlers and the First Nations. The fine detailed research will mean that we will have to radically reassess our understanding of the history of the first 30 years of settlement." - Henry Reynolds


The Quiet Invasion: A History of Early Sydney Hidden in Plain View: The Aboriginal people of coastal Sydney The Colony: A history of early Sydney

By:   Stephen Gapps
Imprint:   New South Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781742232140
ISBN 10:   1742232140
Pages:   432
Publication Date:   May 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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