Wednesday, 16 August 2006
Site of the old tramway shed
Yesterday I referred to the most famous site of an old tram shed in Sydney. It was at Bennelong Point, where the Opera House now sits.
Even the name 'Bennelong Point' is important in Australian history, for it speaks about the first contact between the original inhabitants and the European invader. In the early years of settlement , the 1790s, Bennelong was kidnapped and employed as a cultural go-between. He asked the first Governor, Arthur Phillip, to build a brick hut for him on this point.
You can see some great pictures of the point in days gone by by looking at yesterday's links.
To find out more about the indigenous history of Sydney, look here.
For more about Bennelong, look here.
The building of Sydney Opera House, designed by Danish architect, Jørn Utzon, was not without controversy. For more, look here. Happily, there are plans to undertake work to enable the Opera House to more closely resemble Utzon's original plans.