Lunchtime Talk: Associate Professor Grace Karskens

Associate Professor Grace Karskens delves into the role and important status of Eora fisherwomen in the pre- and early contact years, and their beautifully crafted fishing implements.


Grace Karskens is Associate Professor of Australian History at the University of New South Wales. Her research areas include Australian colonial, cross-cultural, urban and environmental history, and history, and she is active in promoting historical understandings and awareness to wide audiences through writing, film, radio, museums, and online. She is a Trustee of Sydney Living Museums (the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales) and the online Dictionary of Sydney project. Her books include Holroyd: Social History of Western Sydney, Inside the Rocks: The Archaeology of a Neighbourhood and the multi-award winning The Rocks: Life in Early Sydney. Her latest book The Colony: A History of Early Sydney won the 2010 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction and the US Urban History Association’s prize for Best Book 2010. At the moment she is completing People of the River, a history of Aboriginal and settler peoples on the Hawkesbury-Nepean River from deep time to about 1830 , to be published by Allen & Unwin.

Photo credit: Paolo Busato