HISTORY - PLACES

Sydney’s blessed with a seemingly infinite capacity to surprise and charm. Discover the fascinating fragments of our turbulent history.

The site where the Towns Place Apartments now stand was the location of Captain Robert Towns' Whaling and trading empire of the 1850's and 60's.

Archaeolgical investigation has revealed the walls of his stone wharehouse and uncovered artefacts from whaling and south-sea trade.

This was also the location of the famous 'bull-ring' where laborers vied to be chosen for a day's work on the wharves during the great depression when Hickson Road was part of the notorious 'Hungry Mile'.

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