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AussieAl
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Here are some photos of a trip on the Manly Ferry on a bleak day.

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Luna Park.
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Since the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 until its reincarnation as a Fort, the island of Pinchgut was used to intern criminals. Fort Denison was initially constructed when it was decided that Sydney was ‘inadequately defended’ against attack. The site’s layered history makes it a significant piece of settler heritage.
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Sydney Heads, the opening of the harbour to the sea.
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The Corso.
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Pre-Lunch Beverage.
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Admiralty House, Kirribilli.
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Granny
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Thanks Al, Great pictures. :acute: I need to brush up on the history of Australia. What are the stars on your flags for? It looked like a very busy waterway. Was that becaure of Australia Day? Please keep your pictures coming I really enjoy them. It give a view of your country most of us will never get to see in person. Granny :clapping: PS... Pinchgut Island .... how did it get that name?
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Granny, the large star on our flag represents the Commonwealth of Australia. It's seven points represent the six states and it's territories. The small stars are the Southern Cross.

It's Sydney Harbour, Granny, and it is a very busy waterway. The photos were taken two days before Australia Day.

The following is a quote from an article by Peter Macinnis, Australian science writer, curious mind and practising grandfather, lol :

"Popular legend has it that "Pinchgut" got its name because convicts were placed there to starve on bread and water, or nothing at all: these tales do tend to get embroidered! The origin of that yarn could lie with "Bony" Anderson, a convict who was kept in solitary on Goat Island for two years, chained to a rock on the southern side of that island. The "pinched guts" yarn goes as far back as the 1830s, but nobody seems to have identified any convict who was actually starved there, although at least one unfortunate was hung in chains on Pinchgut. Lieutenant Collins speaks of convicts being confined to a small rocky island at the mouth of the Cove, but this could equally well be Goat Island as Pinchgut, so the question is still open to debate.

"Pinchgut" is actually a naval term, referring to the narrowing of the harbour, a term which can be found in use in other parts of the world, I'm told. So there is no need for any yarns about starving convicts. The fort on Pinchgut is properly called Fort Denison, but most Sydneysiders (other than those who are fraffly refeened) prefer the name "Pinchgut". Technically, it is a Martello tower, like the one where Stephen Dedalus and Buck Mulligan lived in James Joyce's Ulysses (which is celebrated each June). The fort had enough guns to control the whole harbour, yet it never fired a shot in anger.

There was a shot fired at Fort Denison in 1942, when there were Japanese midget submarines raiding the harbour, but even that wasn't enemy action: it was the US Navy blazing away in the dark. It was indeed fortunate they had left the US Cavalry at home, or the harbour would have been full of drowned horses, claim unkind Sydneysiders. The shell, by the way, just bounced off the tower.

One blank shot used to be fired from the fort each day, to announce the passing of one o'clock, and the ball on top of the Sydney Observatory drops at the same time. The guns, by the way, were "built-in", so they are unlikely ever to be removed, not that Sydneysiders would want to see it or them removed."

Al :LOTT: hugsiciles
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Thanks, I need to :read: more. I appreciate all the good info. :good: . Granny
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