Berry Island, New South Wales

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Berry Island
SydneyNew South Wales
LGA(s) North Sydney Council
Localities around Berry Island:
Wollstonecraft
Berry Island
Port Jackson

Berry Island is a locality adjacent to Wollstonecraft on the lower North Shore of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It was originally one of Sydney's Harbour Islands, but it is now connected to the mainland by a constructed isthmus.

The area is now a council reserve, open to the public and there is an interpretive bushland walk, playground and picnic area at the site.

History[edit]

Berry Island was part of a grant of land made by Governor Macquarie to Alexander Berry and Edward Wollstonecraft in 1820 [1] and is named after Alexander Berry.[2]

The island was first linked to the mainland by stone causeway over the mudflats. During the 1960s the land between the island and the mainland was reclaimed and made into a grassed area.[2] [3]

Aboriginal relics[edit]

Berry Island contains aboriginal carvings, middens, a smoke stained cave and a stone tool grinding site.[4] It has a 20 minute (750 metre) loop walk with interpretive signage describing the aboriginal significance of points around the island. [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Saving Balls' Head and Berry Island for Recreation". North Shore Historical Society Journal 28 (1). 1988. 
  2. ^ a b Wagner, Claire (1971). Biloela to Boambilly - The Islands of Sydney Harbour. Oswald Ziegler, Sydney. p. 54. 
  3. ^ North Sydney Council. "Berry Island Bushland Reserve". Retrieved 22 October 2009. 
  4. ^ Hinkson, Melinda (1966). Aboriginal Sydney: a guide to important places of the past and present. Aboriginal Studies Press, Sydney. p. 32. ISBN 0-85575-370-6. 
  5. ^ North Sydney Council. "Berry Island Reserve". Retrieved 19 October 2009. 

Coordinates: 33°50′23″S 151°11′20″E / 33.839745°S 151.188858°E / -33.839745; 151.188858