Tuesday 2 August 2016

Cockatoo Island, cranes

Cockatoo Island is the largest island in Sydney Harbour. From 1839 it was a penal establishment with prison barracks, a military guardhouse and official residences built by convicts. The island was used for ship repair and shipbuilding activities after the first dry dock was completed by convicts in 1857. It became Australia's biggest shipbuilding and dockyard facility in the 20th century until maritime industrial activity ceased in 1992. These days, Cockatoo Island is a tourist attraction and a cultural events venue for art exhibitions and music festivals.


  1. Interesting composition.....the cranes look like Daleks!

  2. Great shot of the cranes! Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

  3. Did you know Thunderbolt escaped from there by swimming? Almost everyone else that tried drowned because no one knew how to swim in those days...

    1. No, Lydia, I didn't know that about bushranger Captain Thunderbolt. Thanks for that interesting fact.

  4. How ironic. From convicts and brutal labour, to ship repairs, to tourism and cultural festivals :)

  5. I like your picture of the dilapidated cranes. I tis interesting how the unsavoury areas of the past become the new hip places to be.

  6. The cranes on cockatoo island apparently don't have feathers!
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/08/cats-consumate-contortionists.html

  7. It's interesting that they left the dry dock cranes. I am glad they are using the space for other events and not letting it decay.

    Lisa @ LTTL


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