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Centennial Park a history

Think you know Centennial Park? Think again! This is the Park's authoritative story. 130 years old and against all odds, still one of the world’s best public parks.

From its humble and desolate beginnings to one of our nation’s most important public spaces – the story of 'The People's Park' should not be missed, and is guaranteed to surprise!

The People’s Park: Centennial Park – A History is a beautifully designed, 192-page book featuring stunning photographs of the Park.

The book was released in celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the Park and spans the politics, bickering and envy of its early days, its subsequent status as Australia’s most important experimental horticultural display venue, its decline and fall into near ruin, and its phoenix-like rise to become the fabulous park the people of Sydney know and love today.

Discover the history of modern Australia and its 'birthplace' – Centennial Park!

The book is a great read for history lovers, as well as those that know and love Centennial Park. It's the perfect gift or souvenir.

Buy your copy today!

The People’s Park: Centennial Park – A History is available from:

Your local bookshop

Order at your favourite bookshop (if it is not currently in stock, let the store know that they can order it through Woodslane)

Buy in-person in the Parklands and SAVE!

Take advantage of the special pick-up price of just $30 when you pick up the book in-person from the Centennial Parklands Visitor Information Counter or Parklands Office.

Mail order purchase

Download an Order Form and email it to us, there will be an additional fee if you require the book to be posted to you.

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Special thanks

Our thanks go to Professor Paul Ashton, Kate Blackmore and Armanda Scorrano, ably assisted by Rosalie Catalano and Christine Shergold for bringing the story of Centennial Park to life. Thanks also to Matthew and Ben at Halstead Press for your very detailed and patient work! We extend our gratitude to the wonderful photographers (too numerous to list here) whose work features in the book, and of course, our thanks to those of you who visit, enjoy and love the People's Park every day. We hope you find this a valuable addition to your bookshelf…and your life!

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