The Place The Peoplesave


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. 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) even though the Heritage Council has recommended it be listed as a Heritage Item of State Significance. Sirius and its residents are under great threat at the beginning of 2016, and for this reason news and information about Sirius lead each section of this site in 2016.  Read more about the #SOSSirius campaign, and the organisations and people supporting it.


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. The Place presents stories about the streets of Millers Point, Dawes Point and The Rocks, with a separate section on Sirius (SOS – Save Our Sirius).


Many people have lived in Millers Point, Dawes Point and The Rocks for decades, and some for generations. The People records the stories of these people who together make up the Millers Point community.


In December 2015, this section focuses 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. There is also the news that the government will allow a few people to stay or move within the area. The Sirius apartments could be a place for the Millers Point community to live and prosper. The Sirius 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. Here is a link to one article about Sirius and its place in the campaign to save the Millers Point community.


History and heritage are subjects running through all of this site, and in this case, heritage includes the people of this community. Read why this is the only community in the country with a state government Heritage Listing. See the major changes that occurred in Millers Point in 1840 … 1900 … 1970 … 2014


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.


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.


Millers Point is an isolated community. It has been this way since the 1820s when it became a centre for 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, and warehouses and bond stores that was home to traders, sailors, wharf owners and waterside workers. Continue Reading



News from Millers Point…



Another 175 homes to be sold

The NSW Government has announced it was selling a further 175 dwellings in Millers Point, “a diverse range of the new property types that will include loft-style apartments, individual strata apartments and a number of multiple dwelling blocks to be offered in one line.” Already the government has sold most of the 19th-century terraces it […]

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Millers Point – a community worth the fight?

Some say it’s a shame what is happening in Millers Point, but does it really matter to the rest of us that the people in an entire suburb are displaced, dispersed and their shared history, connections and relationships lost? Does it matter that the physical place they are connected to is sold and its history that was […]

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FACS Housing NSW report on Millers Point

330 properties have been vacated out of the 399 properties in the the portfolio. Of the 69 remaining tenancies to be relocated, 61 are from FACS Housing NSW, 1 from Bridge Housing, 6 from Little Real Estate and 1 being a Lower Fort Street property. 7 tenants remain in the Sirius Building. 11 FACS Housing […]

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S.O.S. Save Our Sirius

The SOS Save Our Sirius Foundation met recently in the Phillip Room inside Sirius and Craig Hayman took the opportunity to photograph the building, its residents and those campaigning to save it. Click on each photo to see it enlarged. Click here for a recent update on Sirius with links to other stories about Sirius. Sirius stands […]

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Sirius update

Sirius remains at the heart of a plan to save the social housing community of Millers Point, Dawes Point and The Rocks. Sirius is also high on the list of international campaigns to save endangered Brutalist buildings. The following introduction to Sirius and its use for social housing has been sent to SOSBrutalism and Brutalism:Online… In the early 1970s, […]

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Two years on

In March 2014 all social housing tenants in Millers Point, Dawes Point and The Rocks were told they would be ‘relocated’ within two years and their homes sold. A team of twenty Relocation Officers was assigned to the community with the sole task of moving people out. Two years on and the area appears mostly derelict […]

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