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.