Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island

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Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island

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Product No:
John Jeremy
UNSW Press
Edition Date:
March 2005
180 x 240 x 20 mm
636 g
Sales Rank:
3368 (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Sydney's Historic Dockyard

For over a century Cockatoo Dockyard employed thousands of workers to build warships, remodel passenger liners, perform general ship repairs and later to modernise submarines. When the dockyard commenced work in the 1850s it shared the island - the largest in Sydney Harbour - with the colony's dangerous convicts. Penal establishments remained on the island until the early years of the twentieth century, the first prison having been established in 1839." "Famous naval ships such as HMAS Vampire - still on display at Darling Harbour in Sydney - were built at Cockatoo Dockyard. World War II put great pressure on the dockyard with the building of destroyers, frigates, minesweepers and cargo ships, and the conversion of passenger liners into troop ships, including the elegant Queen Mary. The imposing RAN Oberon class submarines dominated the last twenty years of maritime industry on Cockatoo Island until the closure of the dockyard in 1991.

John Jeremy pays tribute to Sydney Harbour's largest and by far most fascinating island in this new edition of Cockatoo Island: Sydney's Historic Dockyard. The book focuses on the industrial history of Cockatoo Island and is the most detailed account of the dockyard, its administration and activities yet written. It also provides fascinating detail and spectacular archival photography of Sydney harbour's industrial heart.

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