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. 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…

 

This is Sirius

An exhibition celebrating Sirius and its residents Annie Wyatt Room, National Trust Centre, Observatory Hill 8 – 16 June, 10.00am – 4.30pm  Opened by Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore on Thursday 8 June at 6.00pm The Sirius Foundation is presenting This is Sirius, an exhibition celebrating Sirius and its residents. The exhibition will be presented […]

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Jack Mundey: Green Bans Hero

National Trust Heritage Award Winner 2017 Research and Investigation     THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT James Colman This is the story of how an ordinary bloke from the bush became the key figure in a movement that would change the shape of our cities and bring about lasting political and legal reform. This is […]

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Remembering Nita McCrae

   Nita McCrae and Jack Mundey are the two people most responsible for saving The Rocks and Millers Point from destruction in the 1970s. It was Nita McCrae who contacted unions and anyone she thought might lend support to save The Rocks, but no-one responded until she wrote to the Secretary of the Builders Labourers […]

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Getting Inside Sirius

The Phillip Room has been covered in black plastic to stop people seeing it and to stop residents using it. The common areas of Sirius that have been progressively taken away from the residents and their visitors.  These spaces and how they were used are crucial to understanding how Sirius became a successful high-rise public […]

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End of an Era in Millers Point

Flo Seckold is leaving 48 Argyle Place for good. At 11 o’clock today she closed the front door for the last time after spending the morning with neighbours who dropped in. Then her Relocation Officer took her away and the removalists carried out the last of her furniture. Flo has been at the forefront of […]

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Community Work Recognised

John McInerney has been made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his community work and lifelong involvement in town planning. John McInerney is the Chair of the Millers Point Resident Action Group, and a member of the Working Party and the Sirius Foundation, three groups  working on behalf of the […]

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