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 home 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…

1840 … 1900 … 1932 … 1970 … 2014

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

Since December 2015, the save our community section of this website has focused on Sirius (SOS – Save Our Sirius) and its residents who face forced ‘relocation’ as the first step in a plan to replace Sirius with luxury apartments. 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.

The third section on this site is OUR COMMUNITY which is listed as a heritage item of state significance, and is under stress as residents are forced out, so for now the third section is SAVE OUR COMMUNITY.

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:

Since Jack Mundey announced a Green Ban for Sirius, there has been an extraordinary range of people and stories coming out in support of Sirius. Here are a few recent stories:

Sirius is a fine and rare example of Brutalism in Australia. It is at the top of the Endangered List on the #SOSBrutalism site (Browse Gallery and choose Status – Endangered). The Heritage Council  recommended it be listed as a Heritage Item of State Significance. So far the NSW Government has refused to list Sirius, ignored the experts it appointed to advise it on heritage buildings, and ignored public opinion and media reports calling for Sirius and its residents to be saved – both in Australia and internationally.  Read more about the #SOSSirius campaign, and the organisations and people supporting it.

NEWS

The situation changes constantly in Millers Point. For the latest news, see NEWS and the SAVE MILLERS POINT Facebook page, or go directly to the News items below.

CONTACT

A contact page is being added to this site soon. 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 and other Friends of Millers Point, including 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…

 

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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Government Prepares to Sell Sirius

KEY ANNOUNCEMENTS The NSW Government is preparing to sell Sirius. Family and Community Services has written to the residents of Sirius (a redacted copy of the letter below). The Save Our Sirius Foundation has been working on alternatives to put before the government. What follows is one alternative that would save the building, retain a […]

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Living in Sirius

Kelly, Myra and Cherie are the only residents who remain in the Sirius tower. There are another four residents in the low-rise blocks on either side of the tower. Together these few residents watch out for one another and are all that stands between Sirius and the government’s plans for it to be demolished and […]

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Press Release: Community Launches Legal Action for Sirius

PRESS RELEASE THURSDAY 3rd NOVEMBER 2016 COMMUNITY LAUNCHES LEGAL ACTION FOR SIRIUS    KEY ANNOUNCEMENTS  In the continued campaign to save the Sirius apartment building, the Millers Point Community Association today launched their crowd-funded legal challenge against the NSW Government. In a press conference in front of the NSW Parliament, the group announced NSW Heritage Minister Mark […]

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Why Sirius works

Shaun Carter describes why Sirius was successful after “the utopian idea of early last century – to put people in a tall tower – fundamentally failed throughout the west. England and France have tonnes of these. They fundamentally disregarded the street. The moment we give up on the street, we give up on things like […]

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