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…
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.
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.
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.
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:
- website: www.saveoursirius.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/saveoursirius
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/saveoursirius
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/savemillerspoint
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:
- Grace Karskens, a recent recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Non-Fiction, has written a fabulous story on Sirius.
- Shaun Carter, Chairman of the Sirius Foundation, delivered a TedX talk about valuing Sirius and other Brutalist buildings, and
- Domus criticised the proposed destruction of Sirius.
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.
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