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
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
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
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