Living SustainablyIssue 21 - October 2011
Mooring ring in northern stone wall of middle dock. Credit: Casey & Lowe AMP
Parts of the earliest convict settlement in Australia and the first Government naval dockyards have been given the State's highest level of heritage protection.
Sydney Cove is the iconic marker of European settlement of Australia, and a site of historical significance for earliest contact between Aboriginal people and Europeans.
The listing covers the archaeological layer of the most western side of Sydney Cove, an area which is among the most important in the history of Australia's European settlement.
Within the site is the archaeological remains of a residence likely to be the 1811 house built by the former convict Mary Reibey, who features on our twenty dollar note.
State heritage listing means the site is protected under the Heritage Act for future generations. Any major works that could disturb the archaeological remains would be subject to decisions or advice from the Heritage Council of NSW.