Marcia Chalmers, Windmill Street, Millers Point, 2014
After 31 years in the Navy I wanted to settle and not move again. Shortly after, when our Mother died, I came to Sydney to live with my sister who was living in Lower Fort Street. Besides the obvious joy of being near Sydney Harbour, I found myself in a small, complex community with strong views on the local area and the need for vigilant protection of this gem of Australian heritage.
Where else could you find so many characters? Where else could it take half an hour to go to the corner shop because you stopped to natter along the way?
We moved to Windmill Street when my sister and I retired and the Lower Fort Street lease ran out and we thought this was our final move. We care deeply about Millers Point and the wonderful kaleidoscope of people that make this community very special. Why would we want to leave?
See also: Millicent
Marcia and Millicent Chalmers, Windmill Street, Millers Point, 2014
For over twenty years Millicent lived in Lorraine, one of the grand old homes of Lower Fort Street, initially with her two children, and in recent years with her sister Marcia. Inside, they stored a lifetime of possessions and the archives of the Residents Action Group (the RAG).
The lease on Lorraine ran out a couple of years ago. At the time Housing NSW was selling some of the bigger and older houses it owned in the area. Millicent approached Housing and offered to move out of Lorraine and into more modest accommodation.