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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Millers Point Spring Picnic 14 Sept 2014

The story by MARGARET BISHOP The cameras were rolling early in the morning as the committee and band of local volunteers set up the pavilions on the Village Green in Argyle Place, Millers Point. Several documentary filmmakers are capturing the Millers Point Story. A feeling of elation and expectation permeated the air.  We could not […]

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The Sirius Apartments

  The National Trust has listed the Sirius Apartments in the Rocks, noting their architectural and high social significance. Their entire social fabric is being taken apart as quickly as the Relocation Officers can move the residents out, and once it is empty, it is likely the building fabric will disappear just as quickly. The State […]

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No Surrender

No Surrender – John McInerney, Barney Gardner, Lee Rhiannon and Margaret on Twitter… Lee Rhiannon ‏@leerhiannon  Sep 18 Spent delightful few hours with #savemillerspoint locals. Interest & support strong for public housing #NoSurrender pic.twitter.com/ODdK4Wbfp5 “I LOVE that poster btw. Love it. Lee and I are going to blow it up and hang it in the office.” Chris Woods What […]

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Myra and the Spring Picnic

Myra made eight dozen scones for the Spring Picnic. Here she is arriving at the Community Centre after the Battle of Britain commemoration at the Garrison Church. This is the beginning of a story. There will be more soon.

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Quentin Dempster’s Q&A

Quentin Dempster conducted a Q&A with Clover Moore (Lord Mayor of Sydney), Paul McAleer (MUA), Irene Doutey (Greens Councillor, City of Sydney), Edwina Lloyd (ALP candidate for Sydney), Alex Greenwich (Member for Sydney) and Millers Point resident Barney Gardner. The speakers were inspiring and at times moved the audience to tears. We hope to have a transcription of the […]

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