‘Fine stream, fine meadow’ – the Cooks River project

If you read my entry on Shea’s Creek/Alexandra Canal and found your thirst for knowledge on the subject far from quenched (yeah, right), then I recommend you head over to the Dictionary of Sydney, which has just launched its Cooks River project. From the Dictionary:

It is with great pleasure that we launch our ‘Fine stream, fine meadow’ Cooks River project. Made possible through a Federal Government Your Community Heritage grant, today marks the culmination of a 12 month partnership between the Dictionary of Sydney and Botany Bay CityMarrickville and Canterbury City councils, the Cooks River Alliance, and nine fine writer-historians whose collective works form the heart of this project.

Through 14 essays, our authors trace the history of the Cooks River valley from its days as a pristine natural watercourse and lush hunting ground for the Eora people to the high density inner city suburbs and polluted river we know today.

It’s an impressive, exhaustive undertaking, and one I’m looking forward to getting stuck in to. Plus, if you look hard enough, you might find one of the photographers to be very familiar. What are you still reading this for? Get over there, ya mugs!

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One response

  1. my friends house had a very deep tunnel covered ny a man hole in their back yard .we opend it up once you could see the water down there flowing towards Alexandria. it is one the small trbuties that flow in the shea creek.. his house was up on the high side of union st erskinville..near king st south..
    Plus an older man once told me that he use to swim cooks river where it crosses the tempe line to get up the hill at earlwood. way back in the 1920

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