Apr 21, 2012

Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island is the largest island in Sydney Harbour, and is only a short ferry trip from Circular Quay. An informative booklet was available from the visitors centre near the wharf, with suggested self-guided tour itineraries.

The island was called Waremah by the Eora Aboriginal people. It is recognised as one of  'the best surviving examples of large-scale convict transportation and the colonial expansion of European powers through the presence and labour of convicts'. Cockatoo Island became the Commonwealth Naval Dockyard in 1913 and remained a naval dockyard until 1992.

Inside the huge 'Turbine Shop'

One of the oldest surviving steam cranes in Australia (below) was restored by volunteers.

Steam Crane, Cockatoo Is.

The last time I visited Cockatoo Island was to see the Biennale of Sydney (see my earlier post). Australia's largest contemporary visual arts event, Biennale of Sydney, will be held 27 June – 16 September 2012.

1 comment:

  1. It's a great place to get snap happy.