Shortlist year: 
2018
Shortlist category: 
Prize for Australian History
Published by: 
NewSouth Publishing

About the book

Book cover - hidden in plain view - Paul Irish.

Aboriginal people are prominent in accounts of early colonial Sydney, yet we skip a century as they disappear from the historical record, re-emerging early in the 20th century. What happened to Sydney's Indigenous people between the devastating impact of white settlement and increased government intervention a century later? This book shows that Aboriginal people did not disappear. They may have been ignored in colonial narratives but maintained a strong bond with the coast and its resources. This original and important book tells this powerful story through individuals, and brings a poorly understood period of Sydney's shared history back into view.