June 19th – Lower Fort Street

The bridge at the end of the street

Walking along Lower Fort St in the city, and the view hits you right in the face.

Suddenly you’re wondering if you’ve been transported back in time in some Playing Beatie Bow-like time warp. Though admittedly there were fewer SUV’s in 1873.

Many of the houses in Lower Fort Street date back to the early-mid 1800’s, some 100 years prior to the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge behind them.

The Millers Point community is arguably one of the oldest in the nation’s colonial history, and are the topic of hot debate as Housing NSW looks to sell or lease several of these landmark structures.

There’s some amazing local history references at the Lower Fort Street blog, and the Millers Point Community website, which also highlights to plight of some of the long-term residents, and their battles to remain in the area they’ve lived their whole lives.

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