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…

1788 1833 1840s18651900s1930s1970s … 2014

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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Jack Mundey becomes Patron

Jack Mundey named Friends of Millers Point Patron Ahead of Parliament Rally Legendary Green Bans Campaigner Jack Mundey has been named Patron of the Friends of Millers Point ahead of this week’s Save Public Housing Rally at NSW Parliament House. “The community has again turned to Jack Mundey for support, and we are delighted to announce […]

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Sirius forum at NSW Parliament

            Sirius resident Ron Jennings, the Chair of Urban Planning and Policy at University of Sydney Professor Peter Phibbs, the Director of City Futures at University of NSW Professor Bill Randolph, architect of Sirius Theo Gofers, Sydney Labor candidate Edwina Lloyd, curator and architecture writer Charlie Pickett, Shadow Housing Minister Sophie […]

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Open Sirius Sunday 2.11.14 2–4pm

  S.O.S. SAVE OUR SIRIUS Sirius Apartments are open to the public on Sunday 2 November from 2–4pm.    Organised by the Friends of Millers Point and coinciding with Open Sydney, we are celebrating milestones for 35-year-old Sirius and 85-year-old Ron Jennings.   Come and celebrate Ron Jenning’s birthday, meet residents of Sirius, see the exhibition and this unique […]

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Tanya Plibersek’s Speech in Federal Parliament

Yesterday Tanya Plibersek made a Member’s Statement in the House of Representatives. Ms PLIBERSEK (Sydney—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (09:55): “I will speak on another issue today. It is an important issue and it comes, in part, from our reflections on the legacy of Gough Whitlam and his government. Forty years ago the Whitlam government, […]

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Time for answers from the government

Last night 30 Argyle Place was sold for a sum approaching $2 million dollars. This is more than the price quoted by the agents and the government. The 1840s terrace at 30 Argyle Place is relatively small and in appalling condition. It is similar in age and condition to the terrace at 52 Argyle Place, which is the terrace […]

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