Ian Tyrrell’s River Dreams

The much maligned Cooks River runs 23 kilometres from Yagoona to Botany Bay in Sydney’s Southeast. The Cooks River doesn’t hold any titles for longest or widest rivers in Australia but it has played an important role to the local Indigenous community as a source of transport and food.

Historically, Europeans have had multiple, often conflicted visions for the river, from bucolic homestead to a utilitarian transport corridor. Ian Tyrrell documents the rise and fall of the river’s history in a recent book, River Dreams: The People and Landscape of the Cooks River.

On this episode, Tamson and Anna discuss the importance of the river from a utilitarian and historical narrative perspective.

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