Sunday, June 21, 2009

COCKATOO ISLAND COACH TOUR Sunday 27th September, 2009

Absorb the convict and maritime history of Sydney Harbour’s largest island. Once a convict prison and a dockyard for shipbuilding, today Cockatoo Island features immense industrial workshops, prison barracks, underground silos, tunnels and two magnificent docks. Our hour and a half tour offers an overview of the island’s history and features some of the best examples of early colonial history in Sydney. A must for anyone interested in the history of Sydney and its maritime past.
Details: Leave Nctle 7.45 am return approx 6pm. Cost: $80 $70 National Trust members and concession holders. Ferry fare $5.20 each way or $2.50concession. Lunch available at the Muster Station Café or bring your own picnic. Tour involves a lot of walking and will go ahead in wet weather. Enquiries:Pat Turnbull 49275135 or email Cockatoo website

Monday, June 8, 2009


The National Trust NSW has recently nominated three site in NSW to the national "Heritage at Risk Program". One of the nominations includes the Newcastle Government House and Domain, incorporating the James Fletcher Hospital that dates from the early 1800s and is threatened with unsympathetic redevelopment. The recent demolition of Kirkwood House by a Government authority without prior warning confirms the urgency in protecting this historic site.Only two buildings on the site are on the State Heritage Register. This Nationally significant area has links with convictism and colonialism, growth and development of Australian industry and economy. It is important that the cultural landscape of this area are fully acknowledged and placed on the State Heritage Register.