Introduction to Sydney with Dr. Mark Dunn - Context Travel

Introduction to Sydney with Dr. Mark Dunn


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Explore Sydney's diverse ancient and modern history, culture, and lifestyle. Discover where to experience, enjoy and get involved in what the city has to offer.

Sydney is Australia’s oldest city. Founded by the British in 1788 as a penal colony, it was from here that this colonial enterprise expanded across the continent. Although new for the British, the city was created in the heart of the oldest living culture on the planet. Sydney and its surroundings are home to more than 29 different Aboriginal groups with archaeology confirming that the Aboriginal occupation of Australia extends back 60,000 years.

The city itself sits astride a beautiful harbor, described by the first British arrivals as the finest harbor in the world. Beaches march up and down the city’s coastline and national parks envelop its edges, making it one of the great cities for exploring natural wonders. For many Sydney is not thought of as a historic city; however, the layers of its development are there to see. Its Aboriginal past, convict foundations, nineteenth-century confidence, and twentieth-century architectural heritage are jumbled in on top of each other. From Aboriginal rock carvings to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, this seminar will explore the city’s physicality and show some of the hidden gems for that future visit.

Led by Sydney resident and expert on the city’s history, Mark Dunn, this interactive seminar will explore the changing nature of Australia’s first city. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the founding moments of the city of Sydney, its growth and development, and a few hints as to what to look out for when they visit.

Mark Dunn is a Sydney based historian with over 25 years experience in heritage, archaeology, walking tours, and historical research. He has recently published his first book The Convict Valley which explores convict and Aboriginal interactions in the Hunter Valley north of Sydney.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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