• Sydney Harbour: A History, NewSouth Books, 2022. A new edition with an updated Afterword on Barangaroo.
  • Australia and the Pacific: A History, NewSouth Books, 2021. Shortlisted for New South Wales Premier’s History Award, 2022
Australia & The Pacific
  • Rivers: Life blood of Australia, National Library of Australia, 2020
  • Coast: A History of the New South Wales Edge, NewSouth Books, 2013
  • The potency of history: The site of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Site, Museum of Contemporary Art, March 2012, pp.113–132
  • Sydney Harbour: A history, University of New South Wales Press, 2009
  • Aboriginal North Sydney: An outline of Indigenous History, North Sydney Council, 2007
  • With Kimberley Webber, What’s in Store?: a history of retailing in Australia, Powerhouse Publishing, 2003
  • With Kimberley Webber, ‘“Hooked on History”: The Response of museum volunteers and paid employees to Australians and the Past’, Australian Cultural History, No.22, 2003, pp.117–128
  • ‘“The core of the City”: public parks, respectability and civic regulation in Sydney, National Identities, Vol.5 No.1, March 2003, pp.7–23 Core of the City
  • ‘“It is inevitably a people’s park”: Ceremony and democratic sentiment at the opening Centennial Park’, in Max Bourke (ed.), Studies in Australian Garden History, Australian Garden History Society, July, 2003 It is inevitably a people’s park
  • ‘“Our Gardens”: photography and the threshold of identity in the Sydney Botanic Gardens, 1880-1910’, Richard Blythe and Anne Neale (eds), Wild Cities/Urbane Wilderness, University of Tasmania and Victoria Museum and Gallery, Launceston, 2002
  • ‘Fear and Favour: Perceptions of Flora and Fauna in Lucien Henry’s Australia’, in World of Antiques and Art, Dec 2000- June 2001, 60th edition Fear and Favour
  • ‘“Marking Time”: History and Identity in Sydney’s Centennial Park’ in Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes: An International Quarterly, Australian issue, Pt 1, Vol.21, No.3, Jan.-March, 2001, pp.41–53
  • ‘“The people’s heritage”: public parks and the civic ideal in Sydney’, in Jennifer Barrett and Caroline Butler (eds), Debating the City, Historic Houses Trust, Sydney, 1996, pp.100–113
  • ‘Turning the world upside down: the tradition of comic inversion’, in Kimberley Webber (ed.), Circus: The Jandaschewsky Story, Powerhouse Publishing, 1996, pp.52–61
  • ‘Constructing Time and Space in the Garden Suburb’, in Chris Healy, Chris McAuliffe and Sarah Ferber (eds), The Beasts of Suburbia, Melbourne University Press, 1994, pp.1–17 Constructing Time and Space