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Invasion : colonial Sydney's fears of attacks / Dean Boyce
Bib ID 6004083
Format BookBook
Author
Boyce, Dean
 
Description Waverley, N.S.W. : One Off Press, 2012 
viii, 173 p., [4] p. of plates : ill., maps, facsims. ; 22 cm. 
Summary

"For well over a century, colonial Sydney feared invasion from imperial Britain's enemies seeking a strategic Pacific foothold, or attack by privateers intent on holding the gold-rich town to ransom. Reports from abroad and rumours convinced many that an attacking force was on its way. Such scares were frequent. While Britain was fondly regarded as 'home' it was also criticised for putting the colony at risk because of the Empire's aggressive imperial involvements. Wtih good reason, the colonists saw themselves as potentially collateral victims of imperial states' ambitions. Foreign spies reported back from Sydney on the vulnerable state of Port Jackson. Although it was not known in Sydney at the time, Napolean had ordered a fleet to attack the colony. Time and again fears brought on a flurry of defence works until more guns bristled from forts on harbour headlands. But with each new scare, the defences were found to be hopelessly inadequate at best. For more than a hundred years, a frequent claim in Sydney was 'We are at threat and completely defenceless'. Historian and former journalist Dean Boyce writes of a usually overlooked and extraordinary facet of Sydney's story."--Back of dust jacket.

Notes

Ill. on end papers.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 161-168) and index.

Reproduction Originally published: Wolves are at the door : Sydney's fears of attack in the nineteenth century. Waverley, N.S.W. : [Dean Boyce], 2008. 
Subjects Coast defenses -- New South Wales -- Sydney Harbour -- History.  |  World politics -- 19th century.  |  Sydney Harbour (N.S.W.) -- Strategic aspects -- History.  |  Sydney (N.S.W.) -- History, Military.  |  Sydney (N.S.W.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- History  |  Sydney (N.S.W.) -- Foreign relations -- Great Britain.  |  Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- New South Wales -- Sydney.  |  Australian
Terms of Use Copyright © Dean Boyce 2012. 

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