Sydney Harbour is dotted with something like 9 largish islands: Shark, Clarke, Garden, Fort Denison, Goat, Cockatoo, Snapper ... mmm ... and two more. So many of them have been scalped to provide building materials for the growing colony. The first image below is that of Fort Denison which in 1788 was an island named Pinchgut because that was where nere-do-well convicts were sent until the lack of food started to impact and they recanted. It was levelled to provide much of the sandstone for the CBD during the 19th century. Last year, I toured Cockatoo Island - the third image below - from which holdloads of the rock was carved or sawn to allow for the construction of shipbuilding yards. There are massive gouge's all over, and through, the island. The middle image below is a treasure that I stumbled upon on a building site in Vaucluse over Christmas. This massive circular saw is being used to tier the standstone bluff to make way for a multi-million collar three storey mansion overlooking the harbour. So the rape continues 'til this day ...
|When first the land was ours|
And still the mother waits in hope,
degraded by neglect,
for us to render what we owe
- a lifetime of respect.
The world's good is our own best good,
the land's health is our own
- we were not meant to pasture sand
or harvest fields of stone.