Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing, 2017. Octavo, laminated boards, colour photographs, other illustrations, maps.
The longest coastal river in New South Wales, the Hawkesbury River has a long Aboriginal history and was critical for the survival of the early British colony at Sydney. Although it lies only 35 km north of Sydney, to many today the Hawkesbury is a 'hidden river', its historical and natural significance not understood or appreciated. Until now, the Hawkesbury has lacked an up-to-date and comprehensive book describing how and when the river formed, how it functions ecologically, how it has influenced humans and their patterns of settlement and, in turn, how it has been affected by those settlements and their people. The Hawkesbury River: A Social and Natural History fills this gap.
With chapters on the geography, geology, hydrology and ecology of the river through to discussion of its use by Aboriginal and European people and its role in transport, defence and culture, this highly readable and richly illustrated book paints a picture of a landscape worthy of protection and conservation. It will be of value to those who live, visit or work in the region, those interested in Australian environmental history, and professionals in biology, natural resource management and education.
Price: $120.00 AU