The Place The People

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

Prior to the Displacement that began in 2014, many familes had lived for generations in Millers Point, Dawes Point and The Rocks. Read their stories in THE PEOPLE.

SIRIUS

The SIRIUS section records the story of a remarkable building and its residents, a story of survival against the odds and the final piece in a campaign to save a community in Millers Point.

Sirius was built following the 1970s Green Bans, built for the residents of The Rocks and Millers Point, and recommended for by the Heritage Council for State 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 its remaining tenants.

The Save Our Sirius Foundation campaigns to save Sirius, the apartments built for the community that saved The Rocks from demolition in the 1970s. Its website launched in 2016, followed soon after by social media pages and then the Sirius book in late 2017.

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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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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John and Pamela, Flo, Blue and another filmmaker

Flo and the Spring Picnic

  This is Flo with her neighbours John and Pamela, plus filmmaker Blue Lucine and her producer Tom Zubrycki. Most of the picnic day Flo leaned on the balustrade of her 1820s home, just as she does whenever she wants some conversation. People stop and talk for a while. On Sunday there were more people than […]

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Millers Point: Watching the big ships come in

This link takes you to a Hindsight program that was broadcast by the ABC in which you can hear the people of Millers Point speaking (if this button does not work, copy and paste this link into your browser; the double-i in millers is correct)… http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/hindsight/miillers-point/5144364 From the 1800s Millers Point was home to a […]

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Spring Picnic Photos

December 2015: This page is being maintained as a record of the Millers Point Spring Picnic of 2014 which was organised by a group that became the Friends of Millers Point. Below are photos taken through the day. The following links are stories about the Spring Picnic on this site and elsewhere. The first link is recommended… The Spring […]

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