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A Sutherland Shire Council Facility
Short histories of people and locations from the history of the Sutherland Shire.
Published on: Friday, 19 May 2017
On Thursday 20 November 1800, the convict ship, the Royal Admiral, pulled in to Sydney Cove and expelled 257 male prisoners onto the shores of the young colony. Many of the new arrivals were in a terrible state, weak and crippled from the horrendous and often terrifying conditions endured throughout voyage. And they were the lucky ones. Of the 300 convicts who set sail from England in May 1800, 43 died during the journey, their diseased and tortured bodies ‘committed to the deep’, never to be seen again. One, who did survive, was a young horse thief whose name would come to be associated with the leafy, riverside suburb in the Sutherland Shire – Alfords Point.
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Published on: Friday, 21 April 2017
If you were asked today to describe the patch of road where people traverse The Kingsway’s pedestrian crossing near Cronulla Cinemas, the phrase ‘Holy ground’ is probably not the first expression that would spring to mind. And yet, on 16 February 1940, these were just the words used in the Daily Telegraph when it quoted Mrs I. Green, former president of the Cronulla Returned Soldiers’ Women’s Auxiliary, when she referred to this seemingly unremarkable piece of land.
Published on: Friday, 24 February 2017
In 1935 Amy Mackay, wife of reknowned Australian explorer and adventurer, Donald George Mackay, gifted to the Shire a public drinking fountain, which was situated at the intersection of Port Hacking Road and the Kingsway in Caringbah. It now sits in the small park in front of the Caringbah Hotel on the corner with Mackay Street, named after Donald George Mackay, ‘the last Australian explorer.’
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