Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Cockatoo Island, Sutherland Dock

Cockatoo Island has a long history of ship repair and shipbuilding activities. Sutherland Dock was built with free labour between 1882 and 1890. Nearby Fitzroy Dock was built using convict labour between 1847 and 1857. The shipyard closed in 1992 and the island is now being revitalised as a public attraction on Sydney Harbour including a crane on the dock which can be seen here.
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31 comments:

  1. Interesting series of photos. The sea looks so blue!

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  2. Were you somewhere up high when you took these photos? Very nice perspective.

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  3. It is good and important to preserve the testimony of history - they are a part of the culture of the country! Thanks for this interesting post.

    a beautiful Wednesday for you,

    isabella

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  4. The cranes are essential elements of the Cockatoo Island landscape, I agree Jim. The smashed windows and the rusting plates and cables gave ample photographic opportunity. I have to say though that my favourite dock was Fitzroy which you showed the other day.

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  5. Photo Cache, yes I was up quite high. There's a hill in the middle of the island where you can look down towards the docks.

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  6. How interesting! Thanks for sharing and hope you have a great Watery Wednesday!

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  7. Nice post and photos on the history of the dock and shipyard.

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  8. A place steeped in history. It's great they are preserving it. :)

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  9. I just love old machinery on the waterfront. Those traveling cranes are cool but totally obsolete.

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  10. pWhat a great place to see the harbor. Reclaiming a historical site and providing a nice destination. My goodness, a port actually doing something right. :-)

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  11. Sydney... long trip to Australia. Would like to visit your town one day! Have a nice wenstday! / Anna

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  12. There are 2 cranes there? I thought it was one mega one at first!

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  13. I really like place like this, revitalised or not. Not a bad place for a future park or something like that!

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  14. Great pics but I wonder who'd want to see dockyards? Guess that's my Scots bit that's seen so much of that!

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  15. Great overview from your elevated position.

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  16. looks like a grand place full of history.

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  17. It is good to revamp an old place. Here in Auckland, we had some cargo sheds, and there is a big debate of what to do with them. Some people want to pull them down, some want to keep the,

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  18. You've got me hooked. I must visit next time I am down there.

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  19. Wow it looks like huge machines are working so hard for this place. Nice shot!

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  20. You just keep surprising us with new views of Cockatoo Island... Very cool.

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  21. I like the first photo, it's so cool ...Thanks for the visit.

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  22. were you in a high place when you took this? i love the angle. nice shot!

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  23. Yes, Rossel. It's taken from a lookout, high on the hill.

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