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The European Occupation of the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment, Water Board, 1992

Author: Sue Rosen

Words: 58,800

40 copies of this environmental history of the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment were originally produced as part of a multivolume report produced in 1991-1992. One set is in the State Library of NSW, another was in the Water Board Library. The location of the others is unknown. The report was originally produced in Word Perfect format then saved to PDF. It has been reformatted in so that images could be included, there may be some slight differences to the original document.

This history was the basis for the publication Losing Ground: An Environmental History of the Hawkesbury Nepean, Hale & Iremonger, 1995, which was produced for a general audience. The report has a great deal more detail than Losing Ground, as the aim of the work was to provide content for scientific studies then being undertaken into the water quality of the river system. Of particular importance was to note how it had responded over time to changes in the catchment, and as reflected by changes in fauna and flora and water quality.

A companion volume of oral history interviews is also available.

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