Grace Karskens is a historian, writer and teacher. She is a leading authority on early colonial Australia and also works in environmental and urban history, historical archaeology, heritage and museums. Grace is interested in bringing good history to wide audiences, and especially in fostering historical consciousness of place. She teaches at the University of New South Wales, has worked extensively in public history, and is a Trustee of the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales and the online Dictionary of Sydney project. Her books include Inside the Rocks: The Archaeology of a Neighbourhood and the multi-award winning The Rocks: Life in Early Sydney . Her latest book The Colony: A History of Early Sydney won the 2010 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Non-Fiction.