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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End of an Era in Millers Point

Flo Seckold is leaving 48 Argyle Place for good. At 11 o’clock today she closed the front door for the last time after spending the morning with neighbours who dropped in. Then her Relocation Officer took her away and the removalists carried out the last of her furniture. Flo has been at the forefront of […]

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Community Work Recognised

John McInerney has been made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his community work and lifelong involvement in town planning. John McInerney is the Chair of the Millers Point Resident Action Group, and a member of the Working Party and the Sirius Foundation, three groups  working on behalf of the […]

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Sing Up Country on Australia Day

Developed in consultation with Eora and Darug community leaders and language experts, this event will launch what might be a very different Australia Day in 2017. Jacinta Tobin will lead Choir Rocks amongst the 250 voices singing Budjari Gunyalungalung Baraya-la (Let’s Sing Good Dreaming) at 8am on top of Barangaroo Reserve. This is part of a […]

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On the Rocks

The iconic Sirius apartment building in Sydney’s The Rocks is the latest battleground in the fight over who lives in our cities, writes Grace Karskens… From Atherden Street in The Rocks, billed as the shortest street in Australia, the Sirius apartments rear up magnificently against the skyline. The rhythmic, piled-up units perch on a sheer […]

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Will the NSW Government listen?

“The NSW Government is evicting more elderly Millers Point residents to sell fifty properties by June. Amongst them is Darling House, the aged care home funded by residents and the City of Sydney. Vulnerable residents are upset and often in tears, but it does not have to be like this. The Sirius Foundation has been […]

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Relocating Myra

This week, the government began the eviction process for 90-year-old Myra, the face of Sirius and custodian of the SOS lights. Myra and the Sirius Foundation still hope to meet someone from the NSW Government to present and discuss alternatives that would save the Sirius building, keep a portion of it for social housing, and […]

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