Pictorial History Sutherland Shireby Pauline Curby is a book in the famous series of pictorial histories which cover the suburbs of Sydney. The Shire is a beautiful and distinctive part of Sydney, surrounded by waterways and beaches. People have lived here in splendid isolation fishing, swimming, sailing, boating and surfing. From the Dharawal people to the wealthy white landowners the beauty and plentitude the land has offered has been Sydney¿s secret. Wildflowers abounded and tall timber was cut to make way for small market gardens and dairies. Until the 1960s you could still buy fresh goats milk and honey over your fence and people were walking down to their local weir, creek or river to swim. Cronulla was the jewel in the crown of the Shire. Its scenic setting and access by train, tram or car to the beaches and Port Hacking was a drawcard for holidaymakers from the city and the St George district particularly after the building of the Tom Uglys Bridge. Como opened to crowds of tourists with the opening of the train line and pleasure grounds abounded on the Georges and Port Hacking Rivers and people came to see the new National Park. Taren Point Bridge opened the way for further suburban growth and today Sutherland Shire is one of the biggest local government areas in Sydney. Illustrated with 200 historic black and white photographs this lovely book describes the development and maturing of the Shire from its earliest white settlement through to the extensive settlement we know today.