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Sydney Branch: Walk and Talk by Dr Ian Hoskins: ‘Last chance to see’: Berrys Bay and the Waverton Peninsula waterfronts

19 November 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm AEDT

The walk and talk aims to raise awareness of the heritage significance of Berrys Bay and its nearby foreshores. Together they comprise an extraordinary series of natural and cultural landscapes that chart the history of Sydney Harbour from pre-contact to post-industrial waterway. The Woodley’s site at Berrys Bay, in particular, is the last example of an early 20 th century working waterfront which is relatively intact.

It was waterfront such as this that inspired Roland Wakeland, Lloyd Rees and others to create the first harbour artwork celebrating the picturesque working harbour.

Dr Ian Hoskins has worked as an academic and public historian in Sydney for 25 years during which time he taught US history at University of Sydney, worked as a curator at the Powerhouse Museum and, since 2003, has been the North Sydney Historian. His book Sydney Harbour: A History won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Prize for History in 2010. Coast: a history of the NSW edge won the NSW Premier’s History Prize for Local and Regional History in 2014.

Ian has contributed several extended entries to the online Dictionary of Sydney, including ‘River Cycles’ – a history of the Parramatta River. More recently Ian has contributed to Anne Watson (ed.), Visionaries in Suburbia: Griffin Houses in the Sydney Landscape, Walter Burley Griffin Society, 2015 and Tanya Evans (ed.) Swimming with the Spit: 100 years of the Spit Amateur Swimming Club, New South Books, 2016. He is currently writing a history of ten Australian rivers for the National Library of Australia and a history of Australia and the Pacific.

Cost: Members $20, guests $30, students $5, includes light refreshments. Bookings essential

Online Bookings:

Enquiries: David Low 0407 464 876 or 02 9943 1456, email

Payments by internet bank transfer to: Australian Garden History Society Sydney & Northern NSW Branch, NZ Bank, Centrepoint Branch BSB 012040 Account 101762565, include your name and the function

By cheque: Australian Garden History Society and mailed to: David Low, 28 Brentwood Avenue, Warrawee, 2074 include name and function on back

Not a member of the AGHS and would like to be? Membership application forms are available at our talks or join online at


19 November 2017
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm AEDT
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