The Rocks – Sydney’s outdoor Museum

by Edgardo Gubelin on August 29, 2016

The Rocks was established shortly after the Colony’s formation in 1788.  Most of the buildings at this time were built of local sandstone, from which the area derives its name.

The Rocks was a slum area from earliest times as it was often frequented by prostitutes and sailors. In 1900, the bubonic plague broke out and many of the buildings were demolished. During the 1920’s more were demolished to make way for the bridge.

In 1968 the the government planned to demolish the remaining buildings to make way for high density dwellings. This was overturned in 1975 and the Rocks were transformed into a vibrant pocket of cafes, restaurants and interesting tourist shops and stalls.

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