The Place The Peoplesave

INTRODUCTION

Millers Point is an isolated community. It has been this way since the 1820s when it was home to the Colony’s maritime trade. Throughout the nineteenth century it developed into a lively and chaotic collection of wharves, ship building, repair and maintenance shops, warehouses and bond stores. Millers Point was home to the working harbour and to traders, sailors, wharf owners, waterside workers and their families. Read more about the history of this area in the introduction or see Millers Point in…

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THE PLACE

The windmills of Millers Point and the rocky outcrops of The Rocks were the landmarks after which these suburbs were named. Streets such as Hart Street and Princes Street are long gone, but others like Windmill and Lower Fort Streets survive, and some like High Street were created as the landscape was reshaped early last century. For stories of the streets of Millers Point, Dawes Point and The Rocks, and the story of Sirius go to THE PLACE.

THE PEOPLE

Many people have lived in Millers Point, Dawes Point and The Rocks for decades, and some for generations. Read some of their stories in THE PEOPLE.

SAVE OUR COMMUNITY

The third section on this site is OUR COMMUNITY, a community that has been listed as a heritage item of state significance. By the beginning of 2017 most public-housing residents had being forced out, but a handful remain, and until their situation is resolved this section is named SAVE OUR COMMUNITY.

Since 2015, the Friends of Millers Point and the Sirius Foundation have focused on saving Sirius (SOS – Save Our Sirius). The Sirius apartments could be a place for the Millers Point community to live and prosper. These apartments were built following the 1970s Green Bans, built for the residents of The Rocks and Millers Point, and recently recommended for official Heritage Listing. In 2016, the government refused the Heritage Listing for Sirius, a Green Ban was placed on it, and the government renewed its efforts to force out the remaining tenants here and elsewhere in Millers Point.

SAVE OUR SIRIUS

SOS Save our Sirius is a campaign to save Sirius, the flats built for the community that saved The Rocks from demolition in the 1970s. Launched in August 2016 is a dedicated SAVE OUR SIRIUS website. Keep in touch with the Save Our Sirius Campaign:

NEWS

The situation changes constantly in Millers Point. For the latest news, see NEWS and the SAVE MILLERS POINT and SAVE OUR SIRIUS Facebook pages.

CONTACT

This is where to find contact information for the Millers Point Resident Action Group, the Friends of Millers Point and the Sirius Foundation. Contributors to this site are welcome. Comment on stories that interest you, or contact us via the following links for more information, or to submit longer articles or photos.  Most content on this site by John Dunn. Other writers include Kelli Haynes, Grace Karskens, Margaret Bishop, Robert Mowbray and Shirley Fitzgerald. In most cases, readers are welcome to use and share information on this site in line with our terms of use.

 

 

News from Millers Point…

 

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The Hungry Mile

For anyone who saw it, a highlight of the 2000 Olympics cultural program was the performance by Legs on the Wall abseiling down the side of the AMP Building to create an aerial performance about refugees and migration. In 2018 they will present a new work based on the Hungry Mile and Millers Point. They […]

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The Secret Singer

Joanna Weinberg writes about her new project, The Secret Singer… Some of you may know that I run a community choir in Millers Point in Sydney. One of my stalwart choristers, a woman who had great difficulty walking and also singing, asked me for lessons. Over the course of a year, I taught her every […]

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Nita McCrae remembered

Nita McCrae was a community leader who forty years ago helped save a community and a heritage precinct. The Rocks and Millers Point would have been vastly different places without Nita’s intervention. Yesterday a proposal came before the City of Sydney Council to name the new park in Argyle Street after Nita. Council voted unanimously […]

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Government moves to evict residents

The NSW Government is moving to evict the remaining residents of Sirius and Millers Point and tie up sales of its properties. Robert Mowbray from the Tenants Union provides the following update… The NSW Government’s cannibalisation of public housing in Millers Point continues. As at 11 July 2017, there have been 151 sales, some of […]

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Eszter’s Relocation

The following stories were recorded between June 2014 and November 2016, which was when Eszter was ‘relocated’. Eszter’s ‘relocation’ was seen in the new Forced Out preview at This is Sirius exhibition, and it affected everyone who saw it. For more than thirty years Eszter  lived at 31 Dalgety Terrace. The Maritime was Eszter’s landlord, […]

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Jack Mundey Recognised

“Jack Mundey is an individual whose impact on the fabric of this city is perhaps greater than any other. Not because of the buildings he designed, or commissioned, or built – but because of the buildings he saved,” said to Andrew Nimmo, President of the Australian Institute of Architects, as he announced the President’s Award […]

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