Monday, 16 March 2009

The Finger Wharf

Completed in 1915, this wharf juts into Wooloomooloo Bay adjacent to Garden Island. It was a working wharf - wool, troops, immigrants - until the late 1970s and when the government decided to demolish it, joint union and people action saved it and in 1991 it was converted into expensive restaurants and posh multi-million dollar apartments. I did not realise this but the middle third is a roofed road-way.

8 comments:

J Bar said...

Good shots. It's been a while since I've been down that way.

Julie said...

I took my father down to see the navy boats that were anchored at Garden Island for the Naval Review. It was a lovely morning. Not many people but enough just sitting along the edges having coffee or pie-floaters. Lovely early morning sun ...

The second shot is not mine. I found it at Wiki ... the hoi-polloi are not allowed through the security gates to the inner sanctum although you can walk along the outer pier even on the eastern side which only leads to the resident car parks.

Annie said...

aha...but good to see it anyway...amazing!

Hilda said...

That's impressive!

I've changed my attitude about these re-purposed old buildings. I didn't like the idea before (especially old churches as restaurants and shops) but in the end, I decided that it's still better than their being abandoned and left to rot then demolished.

Steffe said...

Interesting place and what a fantastic name, Wooloomooloo Bay.

Joan Elizabeth said...

What a fabulous shot of the wharf. I remember some wonderful sunny afternoon team lunchs in the restaurants along there.

Bergson said...

beautiful old wharf
The elders knew work

Julie said...

Yes, indeed: the elders knew work. However, in defence of the present, The Finger Wharf has been extensively renovated without substantially changing the facade.