I took Rosemary on a walk around the places where the Aborigines lived and revealed to her the way the city has covered the past as much as it can yet the traces are still visible for those who know what to look for. The first photo is of the road outside the Kings Cross fire station at the intersection of Victoria Street and Craigend Street. This is where the main camp site for the Eora people was when the first settlers arrived in 1788. Without realizing it, Captain Phillip chose as his place to settle the same place that the Aboriginal inhabitants chose as the center of their world, and for very similar reasons - the abundant fresh water, and a surrounding landscape that had a great variety of natural resources.
We went next to Hyde Park. The photo shows the monument to Captain Cook. When he went by here in 1770 this beautiful park was a swamp and valuable food resouce for the Aboriginal people. It was the source of both the Tank Stream and the stream that flowed through East Sydney. That stream is long gone, perhaps it still exists in a pipe below the ground, but the evidence for it does still exist at ground level, especially at Stream Street which meanders along the original creek bed. It is not a pretty street as you can see in the photo, but the buildings each side give me an impression of the tall trees that would have been here once like walls along the stream.
It flowed down to the mud flats of Woolloomooloo. Now all reclaimed land that dense concentration of buildings in the last photo was once covered in water at high tide, and at low tide it was mud, with Aboriginals looking for crustaceans. What a difference.