100 George St

From Shackles to Suntans

2013

A place that saw the arrival of sick and shackled convicts, The Rocks now welcomes thousands of visitors arriving by ship each year.

 The corner where George Street and Hickson Road meets has always been a hub of activity for those arriving to Sydney by boat.

Convicts, free settlers, and sailors emerged from their boats after their arduous journeys to Australia. 

The cruise ships docking at The Rocks today are far from the wooden boats of the First Fleet.

Today visitors disembark on an exploration of The Rocks, Sydney and the wider areas of New South Wales.

As the colony grew into a working city, cargo began to take the form of product, not people. The trade ships leaving the docks were being filled with wool.

The docks helped build Sydney's agricultural economy, and is almost unrecognisable as a hub of industry to today's visitors.

               

As the colony grew into a working city, cargo began to take the form of product, not people. The trade ships leaving the docks were being filled with wool. The docks helped build Sydney's agricultural economy, and is almost unrecognisable as a hub of industry to today's visitors.

While the boat journey and those arriving by boat may have transformed, along with the destination itself, one thing remains constant: Sydney's brilliant harbour remains a working harbour.

The Harbour Master still retains power to direct and control vessels entering and leaving the port. Sydney's first Harbour Master, Captain Robert Watson, appointed 200 years ago, had a job incommensurable to that of today's Harbour Master, who leads a team overseeing the arrival of nearly 200 international cruise liners into Sydney each year.

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