New Books on Sydney Funded – Politics and Plant Histories

Putting Sydney’s history of politics and plants in print
New City of Sydney grants will help bring history to life by supporting books exploring colonial fears of invasion, the city’s botanical heritage, and Jack Mundey’s influence on Australia’s urban conservation.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said City historians had selected three new works that shed new light on important aspects of Sydney’s history.

“From colonial fears to garden designs and urban conservation, these three books will make a great contribution to our local history,” the Lord Mayor said.

“They focus on the anxieties among early European settlers, the part gardens have played in Sydney and NSW, and the tireless work of former Alderman Jack Mundey to protect community spaces and buildings in Potts Point and Woolloomooloo.”

Invasion: Colonial Sydney’s fears of attack, tells the story of Sydney’s enduring and often well-founded fears of external attack throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

Written by historian Dean Boyce, it offers insights into local defences during the colonial period and canvasses the ‘invasion anxiety’ caused by France, Russia, Spain, Japan, Germany and even the United States.

Gardens as history and imagination is an edited volume produced by the Independent Scholars Association of Australia (NSW chapter). It explores Sydney’s gardens and their meanings, both to the individuals who tended them and the societies that enjoyed them during the same period.

In 10 essays by different writers, the botanical collection draws on scholarship of garden and landscape history and focuses on the social, historical and economic significance of gardens in Sydney and NSW. It will be published to mark the 200th anniversary of the Royal Botanic Gardens next year.

In The House that Jack built, author James Colman charts the role Jack Mundey, a union and environmental activist, played in the history of urban conservation in Sydney and Australia.

Colman’s manuscript covers Mundey’s instrumental role in the green bans which helped conserve a number of open community spaces and heritage buildings in Sydney in the 1970s, as well as his influence on the national and international heritage movements.

The City’s financial support of between $8,000 and $12,000 for each of the three books will help improve their standing through illustrations and quality paper, increasing their likelihood of being published.

The works are funded under the History Publication and Sponsorship Program which supports publishers and historians with the research and recording of the history of the City of Sydney. This will become part of the wider City’s cultural and creative grants and sponsorships program from July.

Applications for the next round of funding will be open until Tuesday 31 March 2015 to allow time for assessment before the end of the financial year.

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For media inquiries or images, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser.
Phone Ben Johnson on 0467 810 160 or email

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Jonathon Larkin.
Phone 0477 310 149 or email

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About sudhahamilton

Sudha Hamilton is the publisher of Eco Living Magazine He loves writing and reading about the things that matter. Working predominantly as natural health writer, he has been published in WellBeing, Conscious Living, and Eco Living Magazines. Having spent many years on a spiritual path, originally in the company of Osho, he has an abiding interest in the human condition. From the micro to the macro he seeks to understand the truth that lies beneath the artifice and constructs, which daily delude us all.

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