Millers Point, New South Wales

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Millers Point
SydneyNew South Wales
SydneyObservatory1 gobeirne.jpg
Population1,482 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density2,960/km2 (7,700/sq mi)
Area0.5 km2 (0.2 sq mi)
Location1 km (1 mi) north-west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)City of Sydney
ParishSt. Philip
State electorate(s)Sydney
Federal Division(s)Sydney
Suburbs around Millers Point:
Port Jackson Port Jackson Dawes Point
Darling Harbour Millers Point The Rocks
Barangaroo Sydney CBD Sydney CBD

Millers Point is an inner-city suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is on the north-western edge of the Sydney central business district, adjacent to The Rocks and is part of the local government area of the City of Sydney.

Millers Point lies on the southern shore of Sydney Harbour, beside Darling Harbour. The Barangaroo development is taking place on 22 hectares of land on the western side of the suburb.[2] Sections of Millers Point have been included as part of The Rocks area in the past and some residents and businesses still use it in their address.[citation needed]


On 30 June 1814 Thomas Miller, a Sergeant in the 73rd Regiment of Foot, received a grant of land from the governor.[3] A small mill that was owned by an ex-convict,[4] Jack Leighton was located here. The area became known as Jack, the Miller's Point.[3] In 1833 Governor Bourke granted the Catholic Church land at Millers Point for the construction of a school house that could serve as a chapel on Sundays. The Colonial Architect, Ambrose Hallen in consultation with Bishop Ullathorne, designed the school building which was completed by May 1835. It was a one-story building constructed in sandstone with two rooms that could be opened into one. St Brigid's Millers Point is the oldest existing place of Catholic worship in Australia. The school was closed in 1992 but the church continues to be used by the local community.[5] [6]

From 1841 to 1921, Miller's Point was the location of a gasworks owned by the Australian Gaslight Company.

The current Sydney Observatory building on Observatory Hill was completed in 1858 by English astronomer and clergyman William Scott. Also on Observatory Hill is the old Fort Street School, converted from the old Military Hospital at Fort Phillip in the 1850s. Fort Street School incorporated the first government secondary school in Australia, and after the secondary school moved out in 1975, its building has housed the National Trust of Australia; the primary school remains nearby in a separate, heritage listed, building.

Two separate pubs in the area claim to be Sydney's oldest surviving pubs, the Lord Nelson (built in about 1836, but modified since[4]) at Millers Point and the Fortune of War (which was built in its current form in 1922, although a hotel was operating on the site in 1830[7]) nearby at The Rocks. Others in the area include the Palisade, the Hero of Waterloo and the Captain Cook.


In the 2016 Census, there were 1,482 people in Millers Point. 42.5% of people were born in Australia and 59.9% of people only spoke English at home. The most common response for religion was No Religion at 29.3%.[1]


Protest Signs in 2014

A protest movement developed from 2008 when various governments announced plans to lease and sell Millers Point, Dawes Point and The Rocks properties and move existing public housing tenants. "Save Our Community", "Friends of Millers Point" and the associated "Save Our Sirius" formed to protest relocation of residents.[8]

Heritage buildings[edit]

Millers Point has many heritage-listed buildings, including:[9]


Further reading[edit]

  • Grace Karskens. Inside The Rocks. Published by Hale & Iremonger, Australia. 1999. (ISBN 0 86806 666 4)
  • Shirley Fitzgerald & Christopher Keating. Millers Point, The Urban Village. Hale & Iremonger, Australia,1991. (ISBN 086806443 2)
  • Isadore Brodsky. Heart Of The Rocks. Published by Old Sydney Free Press, Australia. 1965.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Millers Point (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2 July 2016. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Barangaroo a north shore girl Archived 7 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine., City of Sydney, 19 October 2006. Retrieved 5 December 2006.
  3. ^ a b The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 189
  4. ^ a b "Lord Nelson Hotel". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00509. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 May 2006. Retrieved 24 January 2006.; J. Hosie, Australia's oldest Catholic church, Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society, 11 (1989), 44-56.
  6. ^;barcode_no=rt46731
  7. ^ "Fortune of War Hotel". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01547. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  8. ^ "save our community". save-our-community. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  9. ^ The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, pp.2/69-72
  10. ^ "Garrison Anglican Church Precinct". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00644. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  11. ^ "St. Brigid's Roman Catholic Church & School". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00645. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  12. ^ State Heritage Website

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Coordinates: 33°51′39″S 151°12′10″E / 33.86085°S 151.20281°E / -33.86085; 151.20281