Botany Bay: Where Histories Meet

Author(s): Maria Nugent

Australian Non fiction

Botany Bay is renowned as the site of Captain Cook's first landing on the east coast of New Holland in 1770, infamous as the place chosen by the British as a dumping ground for convicts, and celebrated as the birthplace of Australia. In this remarkable history, Maria Nugent takes her readers on a journey to find what lies behind, beneath and beyond these familiar associations. Drawing on stories, objects, images, memories and the landscape itself, she collects the threads of other pasts to weave a rich, compelling and often surprising account. Local meanings jostle with national mythologies, Aboriginal remembrance disturbs white forgetting, the natural environment struggles for survival amid the smokestacks. In the process, Botany Bay becomes a site for meditating on questions of history, myth, memory and politics in Australia. Botany Bay: where histories meet explores the role both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal history-making plays in creating and sustaining local and national communities.


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Maria Nugent is a research fellow at the School of Historical Studies, Monash University, Australia.

ContentsList of figuresAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: The road to Botany Bay1. A place for storiesCaptain Cook, colonial origins and hairy wild men2. Sydney's backdoorIsolating the city's unwanted at Botany Bay3. boomerangs for saleTourism in the birthplace of the nation4. A little piece of FranceCommemorating the French at Botany Bay5. From shantytowns to suburbsBotany Bay's residential landscape6. The past as futureIndustrial development and environmental politics7. Remembering dispossession and survivalBotany bay stories revisitedNotesBibliographyindex

General Fields

  • : 9781741145755
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : 0.414
  • : July 2005
  • : 209mm X 141mm X 19mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Maria Nugent
  • : Paperback
  • : 994.41
  • : 272
  • : Australasian & Pacific history; Indigenous peoples; Cultural studies
  • : 30 b&w photos