Always shifting: an historical perspective of North Sydney

 In 1909 Henry Lawson complained poetically of the 'shifting of old North Sydney' as the communities he had known for a decade were changing as new people hurried to and from the ferries and old buildings were torn down. The image is even more relevant today although ferry travel has been eclipsed by car, bus and train. Where Henry lamented the “carting off” of houses, the CBD today seems to be one big demolition and building site.

In this illustrated talk Dr Ian Hoskins, North Sydney Council's historian, explores the history of a place in which change occurred slowly during the time of the Cammeraygal people, came gradually as Europeans took up land in the 1800s and has unfolded with increasing speed over the past 130 years. The pace of change presents challenges for those who seek to preserve unique elements of a place created over many decades.

Dr Ian Hoskins has worked an academic and public historian and curator for 25 years. Since 2003 he has been the North Sydney Historian at North Sydney Council researching, mounting exhibitions, leading tours and managing the Council’s historical and heritage sites and collections. His book ‘Was thinking of home today’: North Sydney and the Great War was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Prize for Local and Regional History in 2008. Sydney Harbour: a history won the 2010 Queensland Premier’s Literary Prize for History. His second book Coast: a history of the NSW edge won the NSW Premier’s History Prize for Local and Regional history in 2014.











From October 10, 2017 07:00 until October 10, 2017 08:30 Save to calendar

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Always shifting: an historical perspective of North Sydney

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