Blue and Yellow Modern Artisan Parties and Celebrations X-Frame Banner.png
Blue and Yellow Modern Artisan Parties and Celebrations X-Frame Banner.png

Merchants, Wharves and Enterprise on the shores of Darling Harbour

Tuesday 20 July from 4.30pm


What we know as Darling Harbour and Barangaroo was an acknowledged place of seafood gathering and feasts to the original inhabitants, known to them as Tumbalong, Gomarra and Koogee. The large quantities of shell left behind were gathered by the Europeans who burned them to produce lime for their buildings.

Join Dr Wayne Johnson, Senior Archaeologist in the heritage team at Place Management NSW and co-author of A History of Sydney's Darling Harbour to hear about the street names Lime Street and Shelley Street that stand where the lime kilns once operated, and some very early buildings still show evidence of shell fragments between their bricks and stones. From the early 19th century merchants and shipbuilders transformed the eastern shore of Darling Harbour.

Recently the remains of a colonial-built ship were discovered in landfill on the edge of Barangaroo. Merchants built warehouses and engineers built mills and other works until smoke belching chimneys lined the shore- proudly depicted in illustrations of the day as symbols of progress. Along with them came the factory and waterside workers, huddled in crowded and unsanitary housing; the conditions spurring Sydney Council into action in the 1870s to combat rising levels of disease and death. A far cry from the Darling Harbour of today.

Our music comes courtesy of Anneli Elliott on fiddle and Harry O’Donovan on banjo and guitar. 

They were both trained by Jody Stecher in Old Time Appalachian music and have collaborated in a diverse musical network in around Sydney for 20 years. 

“The music truly flows from their fingertips, Their arrangements are very interesting and unique”- Alan Healy (Kilkenny Cats)

Please note: This is an outside courtyard, all weather event. Please bring appropriate clothing/umbrellas.

Doors open at 4.30pm with a welcome complimentary cocktail.

Guests are invited to stay on to enjoy quality eats and drinks from the Sily bar. 


General Tickets:$65

Member Tickets: $55 (save 15%)

history high tales.png