Brooklyn – Federation Village

Brooklyn – Federation Village

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The history of Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River.

Brooklyn – Federation Village

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Few people know that the village of Brooklyn, an hour's drive north of Sydney, has close associations with the creation of the Commonwealth. The author describes how the completion of the Hawkesbury rail bridge in 1889 was seen by many as a major step towards federation, a point strongly made by Henry Parkes at the opening ceremony. The federation convention visited Brooklyn in 1891 while drafting the constitution aboard the Lucinda, and in 1901 the Duke and Duchess of York called at Brooklyn on the royal yacht en route to Melbourne to open the first Commonwealth Parliament.

In this expanded second edition the author adds further details about the construction of the bridge and covers the industrial dispute between the American employers and their Australian workers over work hours that ended in a strike. The development of the locality as a whole and of early oyster and fishing industries, and the activities of the first Progress Association are also described. Many new photographs are included. The author reveals how much of historical interest can be found in this small Hawkesbury village.

Soft cover, B5, vi +58 pages, illustrations, maps, notes, index.

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Short Description The history of Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River.
Weight (g) 187.0000
Author Tom Richmond
Publisher Deerubbin Press; second enlarged edition
Date Published 2010
ISBN 0977561348
Size 250mm x 175mm

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