Australia being a young nation has few old buildings when compared to the wonderful castles and entire towns found in Europe. Bradley’s Head, located on the north side of Sydney Harbour has historical meaning for our aborigines, the first fleet and military (naval particularly) and maritime
Standing on the point looking out to Fort Dennison (1 nautical mile away) is the mast and control tower of the original HMAS Sydney (erected in 1934). This warship sank the German boat Emden in 1914.
The old military fortifications were built in 1839 – 1841. My Father told me that the main reasons for these fortifications was the fear of a Russian Invasion due to their alignment with the Polish nation. This fear was not realised.
Bradley’s Head was named after the commander of the HMS Sirius by that man himself. A walking trail connects Sirius Cove to Bradleys Head. As children we grew up holidaying here as my Father’s parental home was situated between the two.
It was however highly strategic and every ship that travels into Sydney Harbour will pass it by.
Sadly the indigenous Borogegal People of the Eora nation had been largely dessimated by a smallpox epidemic in 1789.
In response to Paula’s Thursday’s Special Prompt