Coast by Ian Hoskins
Coast: A History of the New South Wales Edge, is Ian Hoskins’s latest publication. It’s the first history written of the New South Wales coast and 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 our present obsession with the beach as a place to live or holiday.
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.
Leading us through the European fascination with marine life, the attempts to establish a whaling industry, the fear of seaborne invasion that led to the creation of a navy of our own in 1911 and on to the rise of our unstoppable enthusiasm for surfing and fishing, Ian Hoskins argues that our current enthrallment with the coast began more recently than
we might think.
You can hear him interviewed on ABC-RN here (9 min)
His earlier book, Sydney Harbour: A History, was published in 2009 and won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award in 2010. Ian has taught history at various Sydney universities and he’s worked as a curator at the Powerhouse Museum. He is currently the North Sydney Council Historian where he helps manage two small museums, a heritage centre, archives and a historic cemetery. His work as Council historian includes documenting and interpreting changes to the waterfront. He has a PhD from Sydney University.
Ian swims at Wylie’s Baths, Coogee, as often as he can: where else can you do laps while watching a cormorant chase fish underwater? He is an occasional scuba diver. Jervis Bay is his favourite place on the coast. Like most people, he wants to get his own fibro holiday house someday.