The journey from Australia's first European settlement of around 900 convicts and marines to today's nation of 20 million people is a rich and powerful story. And most of it has been reported as it happened by Australia's oldest newspaper, The Sydney Morning Herald. This beautifully illustrated book brings to life 175 years of The Sydney Morning Herald recording -- and sometimes making -- the news. Along the way, some of our finest writers, photographers and artists go in search of the influences that continue to shape today's Australia and its people. Contributors include Peter FitzSimons, David Marr, Paul McGeough, Tony Stephens, Ross Gittins, Roy Masters, Valerie Lawson, Susan Wyndham and many more.