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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The Workers Flats of Millers Point

At the beginning of the 20th century the government compulsorily acquired all private wharves, homes and commercial properties in the Rocks, Dawes Point and Millers Point. Modern and efficient wharves with dual level access were built. Nearly all of Millers Point west of Kent Street was demolished and whole streets disappeared as roadways to service the new […]

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Myra and Trinity Avenue in 1970

In 1970 Myra moved into 18 Trinity Avenue with her husband Nick and two children. She remembers what it was like moving to Trinity Avenue… ‘Construction of the Western Distributor forced our family to move from above my husband’s shoe shop in Erskine Street. The Maritime Services Board did not compensate us for the loss of […]

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Petition to let our elderly neighbour stay

Our beautiful neighbour Mrs Mary Vo, is being evicted from her home because the NSW State Government has decided to sell it and all other public housing in Millers Point. Not only is this decision by the government hard-hearted, it also runs against the best financial and urban planning advice and the government’s own policy […]

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Open letter to the Premier and Minister Upton

Hon. Mike Baird and Hon. Gabrielle Upton 8 December 2014 Dear Premier and Minister Upton, Friends of Millers Point request an urgent meeting with you in regard to the State Government’s forced relocation and inhumane treatment of public housing tenants and elderly residents in Millers Point, Dawes Point and The Rocks. Despite compelling economic, social and […]

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Farewell Owen

For more than a decade, Owen’s three-word ministry has intrigued the people in the one million vehicles that cross the Harbour Bridge each week, but tonight his ONE WAY JESUS sign will shine for the last time. Housing NSW is “relocating” Owen away from The Rocks. He did not want to go but felt he could no […]

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Celebrating Jack Mundey and activism

  In an event hosted by Clover Moore and Lee Rhiannon today, the City of Sydney celebrated Jack Mundey’s election to the council thirty years ago, his contribution as an alderman and before that as BLF Secretary when Green Bans halted plans to demolish The Rocks, Victoria Street (Kings Cross), large parts of Woolloomooloo, and sections […]

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