Easter Island Statues In Sydney ? - Cockatoo Island - The HDR Series by Philip Johnson

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No not Easter Island Satues, these are beambenders left over from the islands ship building days , during WWII Cockatoo was the major ship repair point in the South Pacific. And at one time was the largest ship building and repair docks in the world, they built everything, but those were the days before international air travel. It is a haunting place and fascinating and is well worth attention from anyone visting Sydney , and it is a cheap day out

Cockatoo Island is listed under the National Trust and has been returned tto the people not the developers ! It is now a very interesting tourist destination on Sydney Harbour, there is even camping on the island.

The history of Cockatoo Island is emblematic of Australia’s history. Before the arrival of Europeans, it was undoubtedly used by the first Australians, the Aboriginal tribes of Sydney’s coastal region. In 1839 it was chosen as the site of a new penal establishment by the Governor of the colony of New South Wales, Sir George Gipps.

Convicts were put to work building prison barracks, a military guardhouse and official residences. Not long after, the maritime history of Cockatoo Island began with the construction of the Fitzroy Dock by convicts.

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For the next 50 years the island was both a place of incarceration and the site of the colony’s ship repair and shipbuilding activities. During the twentieth century maritime activity grew, notably during World War I and World War II. For a time, Cockatoo Island was the largest shipbuilding yard in Australia.

When the shipyard closed in 1992, Cockatoo Island lay dormant for a decade until the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust was established and given the responsibility of revitalising this significant site. The Trust is rehabilitating the island and creating one of the most unusual places to visit in the city.


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Philip Johnson is a Photographer located on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Specialising in HDR photography his works have been shown in galleries,published in Tourism campaigns. His work will also be available as Jig Saws through Crown & Andrews

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  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 6 years ago

    Again excellent perspective, I actually know what beam benders are. smaller version of course

  • well you would understand that the beams they buit were humungous

    – Philip Johnson

  • Marilyn Harris
    Marilyn Harrisabout 6 years ago

    Great perspective!! They look so very powerful and strong!! Well done Philip!!

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonabout 6 years ago

  • Trevor Fellows
    Trevor Fellowsabout 6 years ago

    great shot m8 and great subject.


  • Andrew S
    Andrew Sabout 6 years ago

    Very nice Philip, like the perspective

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful find, great symmetry …

  • emmmee
    emmmeeabout 6 years ago

    Excellent shot Philip. Isn’t it wonderful that it’s all open to the public and hasn’t been snapped up by developers! em

  • so true emm ands its free, well worth a trip, and they now have a audio tour for $5.00 which tells you the history as you walk

    – Philip Johnson

  • KatieBird
    KatieBirdabout 6 years ago

    Great shot of some awesome machinery from the past

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherabout 6 years ago

    great shot,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonabout 6 years ago

    Great image and history.

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