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August 1, 2016

36 Rare Photos of Cockatoo Island, Australia in the Early 20th Century

Cockatoo Island is located at the junction of the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers, in Sydney Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and the largest of several islands that were originally heavily timbered sandstone knolls.

It was also the site of one of Australia's biggest shipyards, operating between 1857 and 1991. The first of its two dry docks were built by convicts. Cockatoo Island contains the nation's most extensive and varied record of shipbuilding, and has the potential to enhance understanding of maritime and heavy industrial processes in Australia from the mid-19th century.

Hereunder are some rare photos capturing life of the island and its construction from between the 1900s to 1910s.

(Photos from Don Shearman)

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing these. My grt grandfather was the paymaster for Fitzroy Dock until his death c1913, and a grandfather, my father and uncles all worked there up until the 1970s.




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