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Ian Hoskins - Coast

Event Information

  • 17 Feb 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • 280 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000
  • Sydney CBD
  • New South Wales
Other Information
  • Cost: Free and open to the public

From Eden to Byron Bay the New South Wales coast is more than 2000 kilometres long, with 130 estuaries, 100 coastal lakes and a rich history.

Ian Hoskins traces our relationship with this stretch of land and sea starting millennia ago when Aboriginal people feasted on shellfish and perfected the art of building bark canoes, to the emergence of the tradition of seaside holidays.

Leading us through the European fascination with marine life; the perils of sea voyages; the attempts to establish a whaling industry, the fear of seaborne invasion which led to the creation of a navy of our own in 1911; and the rise of our unstoppable enthusiasm for surfing and fishing, Ian Hoskins also looks at today’s conservation issues such as sand-mining and marine parks.

Guest Speaker

Ian Hoskins has taught history at various Sydney universities and worked as a curator at the Powerhouse Museum. He is currently the North Sydney Council Historian, a role that includes documenting and interpreting the changes to the waterfront. His book Sydney Harbour: A History won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Prize for History in 2010. Coast: A history of the NSW edge takes up many of the themes explored in that book and won the NSW Community and Regional category of the NSW Premier’s History Awards 2014.

Ian swims at Wylie’s Baths, Coogee, as often as he can: where else can you do laps while watching a cormorant chase fish underwater? He is an occasional scuba diver. Jervis Bay is his favourite place on the coast. Like most people he wants to get his own fibro holiday house someday.