Sydney holiday, I will share a favourite place in Sydney and probably my favourite meal of our time there. The Rocks is a special place both for insight into colonial Australia and for remembering the importance of preserving our history. In the Rocks I found the Tea Cosy Cafe, a place that made us a marvellous lunch of scones. But history first!
Jack Mundey, a unionist and an activist. He is the type of person to make you feel proud of unionism. He was the secretary of the NSW Buildings Labours Union who imposed the green bans on the demolition of the Rocks in the 1960s and 1970s because they believed in the preservation of heritage buildings and community space. It is important that we remember people such as Jack Mundey to remind us that places like the Rocks should not be taken for granted.
Argyle Cut. It is an imposing streetscape. Sydney seems to have presented so many more natural challenges with hills and habour than Melbourne ever did. The Argyle Cut was a great engineering feat and created important access through the sandstone wall at the top of the Rocks. It was started in 1843 by hand with convict labour but abandoned. Then in 1859 it was done with explosives and council labour.
Foundation Park. It is an area where small houses (3m x 3m) were built very cheaply in the Nineteenth Century and demolished in the 1940s. In the 1970s after archeological work, it was turned into a park with low walls showing just how small the houses were. Imagine a family of 10 kids in a tiny 2 room house.
It is situated in an old terrace house and charmingly furnished in old wooden furniture around fireplaces with baskets of wool for decoration. The cafe wore its Irish heritage on its sleeve with posters and the occasional Irish flag.
33 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney
Mon – Fri, 10 am – 4 pm
Sat – Sun, 9.30 am – 5 pm
- About Me
- About this Blog
- Recipe Index
- Reflections and Reviews
- Kitchen Notes