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…

 

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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Sing Up Country on Australia Day

Developed in consultation with Eora and Darug community leaders and language experts, this event will launch what might be a very different Australia Day in 2017. Jacinta Tobin will lead Choir Rocks amongst the 250 voices singing Budjari Gunyalungalung Baraya-la (Let’s Sing Good Dreaming) at 8am on top of Barangaroo Reserve. This is part of a […]

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On the Rocks

The iconic Sirius apartment building in Sydney’s The Rocks is the latest battleground in the fight over who lives in our cities, writes Grace Karskens… From Atherden Street in The Rocks, billed as the shortest street in Australia, the Sirius apartments rear up magnificently against the skyline. The rhythmic, piled-up units perch on a sheer […]

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Will the NSW Government listen?

“The NSW Government is evicting more elderly Millers Point residents to sell fifty properties by June. Amongst them is Darling House, the aged care home funded by residents and the City of Sydney. Vulnerable residents are upset and often in tears, but it does not have to be like this. The Sirius Foundation has been […]

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Relocating Myra

This week, the government began the eviction process for 90-year-old Myra, the face of Sirius and custodian of the SOS lights. Myra and the Sirius Foundation still hope to meet someone from the NSW Government to present and discuss alternatives that would save the Sirius building, keep a portion of it for social housing, and […]

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Government Prepares to Sell Sirius

KEY ANNOUNCEMENTS The NSW Government is preparing to sell Sirius. Family and Community Services has written to the residents of Sirius (a redacted copy of the letter below). The Save Our Sirius Foundation has been working on alternatives to put before the government. What follows is one alternative that would save the building, retain a […]

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