Information on Millers Point, New South Wales
Millers Point is an inner-city suburb in Sydney located within the State of New South Wales, Australia. It lies on the northern-western part of the Sydney central business district and is located near The Rocks and is part of the local government region that is part of The City of Sydney.
Millers Point lies on the southern shores that runs along the southern shore of Sydney Harbour, adjacent to Darling Harbour. It is located on the western side of Barangaroo project is being developed across 22 ha of land located on the western part of this suburb. A portion that comprise Millers Point have been included in The Rocks area in the past, and some business and residential residents still utilize it as a part of their address.
On the 30th of June, 1814, Thomas Miller, a Sergeant in the 73rd Regiment, was granted land by the Governor. A small mill operated by an ex-convict Jack Leighton was situated here. The area was named Jack, the Miller’s Point. In 1833, the governor of Bourke gave the Catholic Church the land in Millers Point for the construction of a schoolhouse that could also be used as an church on Sundays. The Colonial architect Ambrose Hallen, working together with Bishop Ullathorne was the architect of the school’s building, that was completed in May 1835.
The building was one story built of sandstone, with the possibility of having two spaces rearranged to form one. St Brigid’s Church is among the oldest places in Catholic religious worship within Australia. The school closed in 1992, however the church is still used by the local population.
Millers Point is a historic harbourside enclave , with terraced 19th century houses and a relaxed pub dating from the 1840s that line their steep street. People who work in the area can enjoy Harbour Bridge views from Observatory Hill Park and the waterfront Barangaroo Reserve, a popular picnic area. The piers in Walsh Bay are home to bars restaurant, restaurants, outdoor sculpture and art spaces that stage theatre and dance shows.
The famous Sydney Observatory is also located in Miller point.
Sydney Observatory is an listed heritage observatory, meteorological observatory scientific museum, function space and educational facility situated at Observatory Hill at Upper Fort Street located in the city’s inner Sydney neighbourhood in Millers Point in the City of Sydney local government area in New South Wales, Australia.
The Observatory was created with the help of William Weaver (plans) and Alexander Dawson (supervision) and built between 1857 and the year 1859, by Charles Bingemann & Ebenezer Dewar.
Photo of the Observatory below that we captured at an event there.