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Cockatoo Island

On Wednesday the 25th March members of our club joined with the Friends of Belgenny Farm for a day trip to Cockatoo Island. We travelled by train and then relaxed with a scenic ferry ride to the island. The weather was kind to us and the harbour was spectacular.

While some explored the site by themselves or in small groups many of us enjoyed walking the site with Fay Jubb, one of the members of the Friends of Belgenny who also volunteers at Cockatoo Island. Walking with Fay we gained some interesting insights into the site and its significance. Cockatoo Island has a rich history from colonial days through to its naval and industrial uses in the late Nineteenth and throughout the Twentieth Centuries. Many of those that attended commented on how much they enjoyed the day. Steve and I have been saying for a long time that we should visit Cockatoo Island and this trip spurred us on.

Some emails received after the trip included the following:

"...I really enjoyed it. It has been on my Bucket List for some years, I just needed that extra push. I am sending off copies of my photos to my cousin in England and hoping that they will trigger some memories for her." Marion Marriott, Friends of Belgenny Farm

"...Rob and I enjoyed ourselves very much and found Cockatoo Island to be an extremely fascinating place.  Loved hearing its history and seeing all the fabulous views..." Gay Wilson, Friends of Belgenny Farm.


Sue White

Cockatoo Island








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