Free talk – The Hawkesbury River: a Social and Natural History

Have you ever wondered about the intriguing history of the Hawkesbury River, the longest coastal river in NSW? From its significant place in Aboriginal culture, to its pivotal role in European settlement, the relationship of the Hawkesbury River to its unique environment is fascinating.

Book cover courtesy the authorPaul Boon, a Professor at the Institute for Sustainability and Innovation at Victoria University, Melbourne, will discuss his new environmental history book titled, ‘The Hawkesbury River: a Social and Natural History’ at Hawkesbury Central Library on Thursday, 6 July 2017.

The Hawkesbury River has long attracted tourists and bushwalkers, and it has inspired many artists and poets. It is one of our major waterways but its significance has not always been valued. Professor Boon will describe how the Hawkesbury River has evolved and how its uses have impacted on the community.

Professor Boon has published extensively on aquatic ecology and management. The Hawkesbury stole his heart as a boy; he spent his childhood and adolescence on the river and conducted field studies for his Bachelor of Science (Honours) project on mangroves at Brooklyn.

Starting at 6pm, the talk is free but bookings are essential. Book at www.hawkesburylibrary.eventbrite.com or call 4560 4460. The Library is located at 300 George Street, Windsor.

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