Cockatoo Islandís History

Cockatoo Island has a long and dramatic history dating back to the time of first settlement, playing a significant role in the development of Sydney and the nation.

In 2010, Cockatoo Island - along with 10 other Australian convict sites - was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Unique remnants of Cockatoo Island’s convict history include solitary prison cells, hand-carved grain silos, a military guardhouse and convict workshops. Cockatoo Island was a convict gaol (1839-1869), a reformatory and industrial school (1888-1908) and a dock and shipbuilding yard (1847-1991). The shipyard closed in 1991 and in 2001 the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust took ownership of the site. After extensive remediation works, Cockatoo Island was opened to the public in 2007. In 2012 Cockatoo Island’s history continues, with the launch of the inaugural Cockatoo Island Film Festival, set to become as iconic as Cockatoo Island itself.

To see the full timeline of Cockatoo Island’s fascinating history visit the Cockatoo Island website.


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