Author Talk – Stephen Gapps

Stephen Gapps – The Sydney Wars

In conjunction with The Turning Page Bookshop, we are pleased to be presenting another author event.


Stephen Gapps is a Curator at the Australian National Maritime Museum.  In 2014 he developed the War at Sea – The Navy in WWI exhibition.  He was previously responsible for the collection areas of Environment and Industry.  In 2015 Stephen developed a display showcasing Australian and Indonesian maritime connections.  He has research interests in early colonial Australian history, Pirates and Vikings.


Stephen’s book about the Sydney Wars tells the history of military engagements between Europeans and Aboriginal Australians – described as ‘this constant sort of war’ by one early colonist – around the greater Sydney region.  Telling the story of the first years of colonial Sydney in a new and original way, this provocative book is the first detailed account of the warfare that occurred across the Sydney region from the arrival of a British expedition in 1788 to the last recorded conflict in the area in 1817.


Tickets are available from Springwood Neighbourhood Centre, and The Turning Page Bookshop. ]