Epigraph: 'We walked to Cooks River, which empties itself into Botany Bay, and fell in with a party of Blacks, who were fishing.' James Backhouse, 1843.
Postscript: 'I have fished with small lures, soft and hard, up the Cooks River and have found it productive for bream and flathead. I have caught some very large flathead up there that have been missing some fins so I let go all fish caught there and I recommend you do, too.' Gary Brown, 2004
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'Sydney is known most widely for its harbours and beaches, deservedly so.
'However, it also has a significant number of rivers and their tributaries which are collectively closer to the lives of the majority of Sydneysiders.This ebook captures some of the unique qualities of these ecosystems and the people who live near them.'