The Hawkesbury River: A Social and Natural History

The Dharug and Lower Hawkesbury Historical Society are pleased to welcome on Saturday, 23rd September, Professor Paul Boon, who now lives in Melbourne but nearly qualifies as an old Hawkesbury boy having spent his childhood and adolescence on the river, and conducted field studies for his BSc(Hons) project on the mangroves at Brooklyn.

Paul a professor in aquatic ecology at Victoria University in Melbourne, realised that there are no single definitive accounts of the Hawkesbury, the longest coastal river in NSW with a long Aboriginal history, that adequately describes the ecology of the river and how it has informed human use and their patterns of settlement, and in turn, how the river has been affected by those settlements and their people.

Please join us as we listen to Paul speak about his recently published book ‘The Hawkesbury River: A Social and Natural History’. In his talk, Paul will discuss the geography, geology, hydrology and ecology of the river through to its use by Aboriginal and European people and its role in transport, defence and culture.

Paul will commence his talk at the Wesleyan Chapel, 6445 Wisemans Ferry Road, Gunderman at 1.30pm after a delectable lunch at midday.

Cost: Members $ 15/ Non-Members $20. All welcome. Bookings essential: [email protected] or 0404 272 969 (leave a message) by Wednesday, 20 th September.

Come and re-discover the Hawkesbury River with its historical and natural significance. A landscape worthy of protection and conservation.

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