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History Week 2019

Running from 31 August until 8 September, History Week 2019 (NSW) is a great opportunity for the community to engage with the layered narrative of Sydney Harbour.

During this week-long celebration, the Harbour Trust will host a program of events guaranteed to capture the imaginations of history buffs and other attendees.

Tying into the theme for History Week this year, ‘Memory and Landscapes’, each event will examine the historical significance and evolving terrain of one of our special places on Sydney Harbour. Details below.

From Sandstone to Steel Tour

Cost: $16 per adult, $5 per child (12 and under)

Duration: 90 mins

Dates/times: Saturday, 31 August | 11am and 2pm

Meeting Point:  Cockatoo Island Visitor Centre

Note: Online bookings are essential

Step back in time with our all-ages history tour! From Sandstone to Steel: A History of Cockatoo Island charts the changing face of our extraordinary island. As you visit key landmarks, including the Convict Precinct, Biloela House, the Convict silos, the Fitzroy Dock and the Turbine Hall, our guide will share historical stories, including anecdotes about a colourful cast of real-life characters.


Tunnels and Gunners Tour

Cost: $10 per adult, $7 per child/concession, $20 for a family pass

Duration: 90 mins

Dates/times: Sunday, 1 September | 10:45am

Meeting Point: Georges Heights at Headland Park, Mosman

Note: Online bookings are essential

Featuring gun emplacements, underground tunnels and military relics dating back to the 1870s, Headland Park in Mosman was crucial to Sydney's defence throughout World War II. During this guided tour, our guide will vividly share the history of this demilitarised location, surrounded by beautiful coastal bushland and spectacular views over the harbour.


North Fort Tour

Cost: $10 per adult, $7 per child/concession, $20 for a family pass

Duration: 70 mins

Dates/times: Sunday, 1 September and Sunday, 8 September | 10:30am and 2pm

Meeting Point: North Fort Visitor Centre

Note: Tickets must be purchased from the North Fort Visitor Centre on the day of the tour.

With its large network of gun emplacements and underground tunnels, North Fort at North Head Sanctuary, Manly played a major role in Sydney’s coastal defence system throughout World War II. During our 70 minute tour of this former army base, you will walk in the footsteps of soldiers who protected our shores–above and below ground.


Trust Talk: Cockatoo Island Dockyard

Cost: Free

Duration: 75 mins

Dates/times: Wednesday, 4 September | 10:30am

Location: The Success Room at Cockatoo Island

Note: Online bookings are essential

The latest instalment in our Trust Talk series will explore the storied maritime era of Cockatoo Island, which spanned 134 years. Guest presenter John Jeremy will look at the history of the dockyard, including the commencement of shipbuilding activities in 1870 and the arrival of the newly-formed Royal Australian Navy in 1913. John, who served as the managing director and CEO of Cockatoo Dockyard from 1981 to 1991, will also discuss the active role of Cockatoo Island’s dockyard during both world wars, and its principal role during the 20 years leading up to its closure: refitting and maintaining submarines.

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