Ian Hoskins — Coast

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.



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