• Centennial Park A History History and Heritage

    Buy the authoritative history of Centennial Park today!


Think you know Centennial Park? Think again! This is the authoritative story of Centennial Park – one of the world’s best public parks and birthplace of modern Australia!

From humble and desolate beginnings to one of our nation’s most important public spaces  – this story should not be missed, and is guaranteed to surprise.

The People’s Park: Centennial Park – A History is a beautifully presented account of the first 125 years of this great park.

Released to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Park, the book details the politics, bickering and envy of the early days, its status as Australia’s most important experimental horticultural display venue, to its decline and fall into near ruin…before its phoenix-like rise again to be the wonderful place we know and love today.

This is a read not just for those that know and love the park, but those interested in Australian history. Indeed, many people may not even know that modern Australia was ‘born’ in Centennial Park!

Amazing historic events, facts you never knew and a collection of some of the most stunning photos you will ever see.

Buy Centennial Park A History today - this is a truly fascinating read and insight into one of the most political and critical public parks in Australia

Buy Centennial Park A History today – this is a truly fascinating read and insight into one of the most political and critical public parks in Australia


Where to purchase the book

There are many ways to purchase the book:

  • Your local bookshop – the book is generally available through your favourite bookshop (if, for some strange reason, the bookshop does not currently stock it, just let them know they can order it through Woodslane)
  • Order onlineclick here to order directly from Woodslane
  • Direct from Centennial Parklands – buy the book from the Centennial Parklands Visitor Information Counter and Parklands Office (special pick-up price: $30)


A great present, a great read and a great park. Love the Park, live the Park.


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


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