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Author Gapps, Stephen, author.

Title The Sydney wars : conflict in the early colony 1788-1817 / Stephen Gapps.

Published Sydney, NSW : NewSouth Publishing, 2018.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  355.00994 GAPP    AVAILABLE
Physical description viii, 319 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-307) and index (pages 308-319 pages)
Summary 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. --Publisher.
Subject Great Britain. Army -- History -- 18th century.
Aboriginal Australians -- Wars.
Aboriginal Australians -- Colonization.
Aboriginal Australians -- Warfare.
Aboriginal Australians -- Treatment -- History.
Aboriginal Australians -- Government relations -- History -- 1788-1851.
Sydney (N.S.W.) -- History -- 1788-1851.
Great Britain -- Colonies -- History, Military.
Australia -- History -- 1788-1851.
Australia -- Race relations -- History -- 1788-1851.
ISBN 9781742232140 paperback