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…

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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.

To see more about the streets of Millers Point and the people who live in them, go to Lower Fort Street, Argyle Place or High Street (more street entries coming soon), or select 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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Government moves to evict residents

The NSW Government is moving to evict the remaining residents of Sirius and Millers Point and tie up sales of its properties. Robert Mowbray from the Tenants Union provides the following update… The NSW Government’s cannibalisation of public housing in Millers Point continues. As at 11 July 2017, there have been 151 sales, some of […]

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Eszter’s Relocation

Eszter and her neighbour Tom recorded the process of their displacement from Millers Point between June 2014 and November 2016, the date of Eszter’s ‘relocation’, which was witnessed by everyone who came to This is Sirius exhibition and watched the the Forced Out documentary preview. Scroll down to read Eszter’s and Tom’s accounts in their […]

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Jack Mundey Recognised

“Jack Mundey is an individual whose impact on the fabric of this city is perhaps greater than any other. Not because of the buildings he designed, or commissioned, or built – but because of the buildings he saved,” said to Andrew Nimmo, President of the Australian Institute of Architects, as he announced the President’s Award […]

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This is Sirius Exhibition Opening

Why Sirius Matters

This is Sirius is an exhibition celebrating Sirius and its residents. Presented at the National Trust Centre by John Dunn and Margaret Bishop on behalf of the Save Our Sirius Foundation, and supported by the National Trust, Historic Houses and City of Sydney, the exhibition ran from 8 to 16 June. All works from the exhibition are […]

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Sirius exhibition opens

Councillor Jess Scully met Shuang West just after she bought Shuang’s Siriusly Abstacted. Myra was joined by Judy and Jack Mundey as they listened to Phillip Thallis, Shaun Carter and Margaret Bishop. It was a full house for the screening of a twelve-minute slice of the documentary being shot about Sirius and the residents of […]

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Vivid & Friday Night Sirius

Architects, designers, artists, lawyers, journalists, off-duty media stars and local residents celebrated Friday Night Sirius last week. Throughout the night there was music, a barbecue, drinks and good conversation, and guests weaved ribbons through the cyclone-wire fence recently erected around Sirius to intimidate Sirius residents and their guests. One thousand people answered Tim Ross’s call […]

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