Cooks River

River or creek

River that flows through south-west Sydney, starting at Graf Park, Yagoona, through to Botany Bay at Kyeemagh. The river was extensively polluted by industry and its course was changed to accommodate the runways of Sydney Airport.

Tempe on the Cooks River 1840s

As the earliest surviving element of the Australian sugar industry, the Sugarworks has endured a variety of industrial uses to become an intrinsic part of Canterbury's heritage.
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The Prout's Bridge Incident

by Brian Madden and Lesley Muir, 2013
supported by Your Community Heritage Grant - The Cooks River Project Creative Commons License

Canterbury residents' delight at the new bridge constructed across the Cooks River to shorten their journey to markets in Sydney quickly turned to anger and complaint as Cornelius Prout set about imposing a toll
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From Sheas Creek to Alexandra Canal

by Ron Ringer, 2013
supported by Your Community Heritage Grant - The Cooks River Project Creative Commons License

Once a stream draining much of southern Sydney, the conversion of the Sheas Creek to an industrial canal resulted in a polluted and ugly corridor that has defied attempts at remediation
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Just as the Kameygal people had enjoyed the rich sea life of Botany Bay, Booralee thrived as a vibrant fishing village for over a century until overfishing and pollution saw the demise of the fishing industry.
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Aboriginal people of the Cooks River valley

by Lesley Muir, 2013
supported by Your Community Heritage Grant - The Cooks River Project Creative Commons License

For the Eora people, the Cooks River valley was a crossroad for trade, social and ceremonial networks but when the first European settlers ventured south, their explorations brought death and destruction to the clans
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Bark huts and country estates

by Lesley Muir, 2013
supported by Your Community Heritage Grant - The Cooks River Project Creative Commons License

In their drive to establish country estates and thriving industries in the Cooks River valley during the nineteenth century, European settlers exploited the water, timber and fertile soils of the Cooks River with little appreciation of the impact of their 'improvements'
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From a fine stream to an industrial watercourse

by Lesley Muir, 2013
supported by Your Community Heritage Grant - The Cooks River Project Creative Commons License

As Sydney expanded in the nineteenth century the picturesque waterways and valleys of the Cooks River were to host a network of waterworks and rail and road infrastructure that were to degrade the landscape forever.
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Industry in the Cooks River valley

by Lesley Muir, 2013
supported by Your Community Heritage Grant - The Cooks River Project

As industry took hold in Cooks River valley, pollution and drainage became entrenched problems accompanied by flooding and public health concerns.
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Urban growth in the Cooks River valley

by Lesley Muir, 2013
supported by Your Community Heritage Grant - The Cooks River Project

Urbanisation, industry and pollution transformed the once lush Aboriginal hunting grounds and picturesque locale of the Cooks River valley into the inner city suburban sprawl we know today
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Damming the Cooks River

by Vanessa Witton, 2013
supported by Your Community Heritage Grant - The Cooks River Project

Once considered 'the greatest boon ever conferred upon the town', the Cooks River dam became an endless source of environmental blight and misery to Sydneysiders and by the turn of the century was demolished
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Servicing Sydney's thirst

by MacLaren North, 2013
supported by Your Community Heritage Grant - The Cooks River Project

Increasing population and industry saw the Cooks River transformed from a pristine natural watercourse into a highly modified and polluted river
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First people of the Cooks River

by Paul Irish, 2013
supported by Your Community Heritage Grant - The Cooks River Project

From beyond the time when the river flowed as Europeans came to know it, and long after its banks were dotted with farms, Aboriginal people have had a strong connection to the Cooks River.
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Managing the Cooks River today

by , 2013
supported by Your Community Heritage Grant - The Cooks River Project

Formed in 2011 to address the complex needs of the Cooks River today, the Alliance includes representatives from Ashfield, Bankstown, Canterbury, City of Sydney, Hurstville, Marrickville, Rockdale and Strathfield councils
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Cooks River, Botany, October 17 1868
View of Tempe on Cooks River 1845
Canterbury to Sydney 2007
Dam, Cooks River 1866
Botany Heads c1865
Plan of the villa Bello Retiro on the Cooks River Road for sale by auction by Mr Stubbs, on the 28 September 1842
West Botany, Illawarra Railway route: large blocks of land for sale in the estate of the late John Archibald Cunningham 1881
Landscape, Tempe House c1845
Unwin's Bridge, Cooks River 1874
Cooks River Sydney c1860
South western outfall siphon and Mascot Pumping Station at the mouth of Cooks River, Botany Bay 1916
Atlas of the Suburbs of Sydney - North Botany 1888
Atlas of the Suburbs of Sydney - Canterbury 1888-1894
Atlas of the Suburbs of Sydney - Canterbury A 1886-1888
Atlas of the Suburbs of Sydney - Rockdale 1888
Atlas of the Suburbs of Sydney - St Peters 1886-1888
Cooks River Dam c1871
Lime kiln, Cooks River Dam c1870s
Reclamation at Cooks River 1888
The village of Booralee 1888
Shea's Creek 1888
Detail showing Cooks River area in the Cumberland Planning Scheme 1948
By tranquil waters 1894
Opening of bridge over Cooks River 17 December 1927
Swimmers on Puck's Wharf c1925
Botany fishermen and their boats, moored near the mouth of the Cooks River January 1938
Steel Park River Patrol Lifesaving Club 1932
Cooks River, taken from Undercliffe, looking at the golf course 1936
The former harbor of the Australasian Sugar Company Mill on the Cooks River 2005
Construction of Kingsford Smith airport in progress 1958
Aerial view of Cooks River Entrance and Mascot Airport 1973
Plan of portions 1 to 11 at Shea's Creek, Cook's River, Parish of Petersham, Co Cumberland 1859
Clareville, Parish of Saint George Sydney 1831-1839
Cooks River, Jeffreys allotments 1840s
Illegal Tolls, Cooks River  - letter to the editor of the Sydney Morning Herald 4 December 1843
Plan of 16 allotments forming a portion of the Brighton Estate for sale by auction by Mr Stubbs 1840
Plan of allotments Croydon Park: to be sold by auction at the Temperance Hall, Pitt Street on Saturday, 29th September 1877
Cooks River Bridge, Tempe c1890
Botany Bay harbour with a view of the heads, taken from Cook's Point 1812
Entrance of Cooks River Botany Bay November 1840
From Mud Bank Botany Bay - mouth of Cooks River 1830
Botany Bay, New South Wales 1824
Detail of TL Mitchell's map of the colony of New South Wales showing Botany Bay, Port Jackson and rivers 1834
A Grand Sanitary Work - Reclamation of Mud Flats at Cooks River, Botany Bay 1888
Constructing floodgates, reclamation of mud flats at Cooks River 1888
Bringing the brush fascines across the river, reclamation of mud flats at Cooks River 1888
General view of Cooks River, with the Illawarra railway bridge 1888
Gang of navvies discharging mud from the punts on to the embankment, reclamation of mud flats at Cooks River 1888
Building up the embankment, reclamation of mud flats at Cooks River 1888
The Priestman steam dredge at work during the reclamation of mud flats at Cooks River September 1888
Boating, Cooks River c1910
Canterbury & Prout's Bridge on Cooks River, 2 July 1859
From the Warren, Botany in distance, 8 August 1883
Cooks River - old dam at River Street, Earlwood 1946
View of the Heads, and part of Botany Bay - from the End of Cooks River 1822-1823
Thomson's Bridge, Cooks River - looking E, little North, Friday 9 October 1863
Cooks River from the old Sugar Works, 12th September 1864
Hordern's sports ground, Wardell Road, Dulwich Hill c1921
Hordern's sports ground, Wardell Road, Dulwich Hill c1921
The site of Hordern's sports ground on Cooks River at Wardell Road, Dulwich Hill before construction, c1921
The site of Hordern's sports ground on Cooks River at Wardell Road, Dulwich Hill before construction, c1921
Hordern's suburban delivery depots, Cook River c1921
Show Pavilion at Hordern's sports ground, Wardell Road, Dulwich Hill c1921
Opening of the Show Pavilion at Hordern's sports ground, Wardell Road, Dulwich Hill c1921
Undercliffe, Cooks River 1857
Prout's Bridge looking west 1864
Cooks River cottage of the Under Sheriff, 21 October 1847
Canterbury Bridge, Cooks River c1915
Tempe House, Cooks River c1845
Tempe - Cooks River, January 22 1838
Plan of the Newtown area, September 1842
The late heavy rains in Sydney and suburbs, June 1889
The Belmore bus accident at the Cooks River Bridge, Canterbury during the late heavy rains and floods in Sydney June 1889
A baker delivering bread in Tramvale, Marrickville, during the late heavy rains and floods in Sydney June 1889
Her Majesty's mails being helped across Sydenham Road during the late heavy rains and floods in Sydney June 1889
Sketches of the Southern Sydney Sewerage System 1892
General view of Botany Sewage Farm from inlet house 1892
Depositing sludge from strainers on Botany Sewage Farm 1892
Aboriginal people and fishing spears on the banks of the Cooks River 1830
Geological sketch map of the locality of the estuarine beds, Shea's Creek Canal Sydney NSW 1896
Pelicans, Cooks River 2005
Aqueduct across the Cooks River, Marrickville 22 April 2012
Sketch of Botany Bay in New South Wales latitude 34°00'S 1770
Botany Bay c1789

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