Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Barangaroo, Harbour Control Tower, Harbour Bridge

The areas to the west of the Sydney Central Business District once contained the city's port facilities. A few years ago, the port facilities were moved from Sydney Harbour to Port Botany, but the Sydney Ports Harbour Control Tower remains here. The view above shows its proximity to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. During the Great Depression, the area had been nicknamed The Hungry Mile because harbourside workers would line up along the road opposite the wharves as foremen chose the casual labourers for the day and those without work were often left hungry. The nickname has now been officially recognised as a city locality and the suburb that will be developed here will be known as Barangaroo. The whole sandstone cliff can be seen here.

36 comments:

  1. Hah, you beat me to the punch. I read about this in the SMH last week and get emails from Clover's media machine. It is a fascinating story and I am so glad they are going to use the nick-name officially. I think that HCT only came into use in the very early 1970s once the tower on Garden Island was phased out. I read that on a plaque somewhere on GI. The Millers Point Festival is held on Saturday 5th September. Som of us Sydney bloggers should try to get on down there, meet up and cover the day in our own unique style.

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  2. That sounds interesting Julie. I'll keep it mind and see if I can get down there for the festival.

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  3. A very interesting post. I never knew that harbors had control towers.

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  4. Interesting history. It is always a bit sad when things is gone. Images is a good way to remember

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  5. Beautiful photos!
    I love reading about the history - well done!

    Hugss, Susan

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  6. The Hungry Mile - in keeping the name it assures that part of your history won't be forgotten.
    Nice shots!

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  7. Beautiful pictures of the harbour (I love the different perspectives) and interesting history!

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  8. I can't get used to calling it Barangaroo. I do, however, like the Hungry Mile and am very glad they decided to recognise it officially.

    Will have to submit apologies for 5 September. Actually not particularly sorry - will be taking photos of Cape Town.

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  9. Very interesting history and great views of the harbor.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, too.
    :)

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  10. Fascinating - in the enlarged picture i see the rocks in detail. Geology is a mystery to me...

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  11. My first visist to your blog. Thanks for enticing me over with a comment on mine.

    Sydney looks so interesting and enticing. It is now on my list of "must visit" places.

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  12. I like the way you have concentrated on the Control Tower. That sort of links all the photos up together.

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  13. Nice shots there Jim. I enlarged the photo's and wow you can really see how big the rock wall is. I bet it would be a blast to take a ride on that cruise boat. =)

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  14. I have never seen that when I have been in Syd. Interesting story and great shots as usual.

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  15. That's one of the best photos of the Harbour Bridge I've seen. It is a wonderful bridge - Sydney is lucky to have it.

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  16. Names on places can be very important to people and subject for many discussions. Lovely shots, I've never been to your country I'm sorry to admit but I'd really like to go.

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  17. The Hungry Mile is such an evocative name. The control tower certainly stands out as a landmark.

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  18. Love your last shot with the sandstone cliffs. Liked you informative comment as well.

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  19. Nice blue contrast. I always love the harbor view. Great shots!

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  20. Lovely photos--nice you love where you live so much!

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  21. A fascinating insight to the city & beautiful photos, too.

    Have a wonderful WW!

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  22. Fascinating pictures and commentary! I've always thought Sydney one of the most beautiful cities in the world and you've proven that again!

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  23. Oh, how beautiful bridge and photos. I like very much but it's a long way to come the real place from Finland.

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  24. Uuna, it's a bit far but worth the effort to get here. :)

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  25. Beautiful scenery and such wonderful sky!

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  26. Interesting shapes and textures in these photos - I hope, though, nobody is hungry there any more!

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  27. Great shots. Love the bridge! (Can you tell I'm playing catch-up? I got behind again.)

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  28. You have a great talent for capturing beauty in the city.

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  29. Very interesting and informative commentary, complimenting the great photos.

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  30. Really informative story. Beautiful pictures of Harbour control Tower and Harbour Bridge .

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  31. Cool post as for me. It would be great to read a bit more concerning that matter. Thank you for sharing that info.
    Joan Stepsen
    Hi tech pharma

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