Milsons Point, New South Wales


Milsons Point, New South Wales
Milsons Point
SydneyNew South Wales
03.01.2009-luna entrance2.jpg
Luna Park at Milsons Point
Population: 1,553(2006)[1]
Postcode: 2061
Area: 0.2 km² (0.1 sq mi)
Location: 3 km (2 mi) from CBD
LGA: North Sydney Council
State District: North Shore
Federal Division: North Sydney
Suburbs around Milsons Point:
Lavender Bay North Sydney North Sydney
McMahons Point Milsons Point Kirribilli
Dawes Point

Milsons Point is a suburb on the lower North Shore of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. North Sydney is located 3 kilometres north of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of North Sydney Council.

Milsons Point was named after James Milson (1785-1872), one of the earliest settlers. Milsons Point is also the geographical feature that juts into Sydney Harbour from the northern side, directly opposite Sydney Cove, the spot where the first European settlement was established in 1788.

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History

Aerial view of Milsons Point during construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Milsons Point was named after James Milson (1785-1872), a free settler originally from Lincolnshire who settled in the then-almost uninhabited district in 1824. In that year, Governor Brisbane granted Milson a total of 350 acres (1.4 km2) on land fronting the Harbour. However, after a protracted dispute following a house fire in which all his land deeds were destroyed, Milson's holdings in the area were reduced in 1830 to 50 acres (200,000 m2) back from the Harbour. As compensation for the lost land, he was granted a holding that now encompasses the suburbs of Thornleigh and Normanhurst. Milson subsequently established a profitable business supplying ships with stone ballast, careening services, fresh water, and the produce of his farms.

Milson's eldest son, James Jnr (1814-1903) greatly expanded the family's land holdings in the lower North Shore, including the 1853 purchase of the Cremorne peninsular. The last of the family's holdings in the lower North Shore area were resumed in the early 1920s for the construction of the Harbour Bridge and associated roadways.[2]

Access stairs and underpass tunnel for the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Milsons Point

Transport

Milsons Point supports the northern end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Milsons Point is well connected with the CBD of Sydney by the bridge, ferries and trains. The Warringah Freeway provides a link south to the Sydney CBD and north to Chatswood.

Milsons Point railway station is on the northern approach to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Milsons Point ferry wharf, serviced by the Balmain, Pyrmont Bay and Rydalmere ferry lines, is located to the west of the bridge in the south-west part of the suburb. In addition to rail services, Milson's Point is serviced by buses that run to the Lower North Shore and Northern Beaches. School Buses leave from Bradfield Park to transport students to schools in North Sydney.

Lavender Bay(left) and Milsons Point (right) with North Sydney skyline in the background

Commercial area

Milsons Point has a mixture of residential and commercial developments. High density developments are located close to the railway station and include a number of restaurants and shops.

Notable Residents

Sport and recreation

Chinese Christian Church Sydney uses a previously Presbyterian church building in Milsons Point

Milsons Point has the entertainment centre Luna Park and the North Sydney Olympic Pool,

Schools

Schools in the area include the Catholic schools Loreto Kirribilli for girls and St Aloysius' College for boys.

References

The Earth Brought Forth - The Milsons of Milsons Point, by Scott Milson, 4SQ Books, Sydney. 2006. (ISBN 0-646-46142-7)

  1. ^ "2006 Census Community Profile Series : Milsons Point (State Suburb)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Accessed 31 October 2009.
  2. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 174

Coordinates: 33°50′52″S 151°12′43″E / 33.84765°S 151.21201°E / -33.84765; 151.21201


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