|The Supply, a First Fleet class ferry, entering Sydney Cove|
The colony found survival during those initial years to be tortuous. The landscape was foreign. The seasons were reversed. The weather came from different directions. The populace lacked farming skills.
|The furthest west wharf at Circular Quay. The Tank Street enters Sydney Cove at this point|
Being connected by sea was crucial.
Also important was fresh water for drinking and general cleanliness. One of the attractions of Sydney Cove for Phillip was the small stream that entered the cove at its western headwater. As the water levels rapidly depleted, Phillip had two tanks dug into the bedrock of the stream near the site of the current Bridge Street.
A flowing Tank Stream was crucial.
I am down the South Coast, swimming and walking at Merry Beach, then to the Four Winds Music Festival at Bermagui. I return late Monday.