Dictionary of Sydney

The Dictionary of Sydney was archived in 2021.

Sydney Park

Largest park in the City of Sydney, comprising 44 hectares of rolling hills, wetlands, playgrounds, and sporting facilities, built on the site of former brickpits, kilns and municipal rubbish dumps. The brick kilns and chimneys remain as a reminder of former uses.

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Sydney Park: kangaroo ground to brickpits

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The site now occupied by Sydney Park was a kangaroo ground for the Gadigal and Wangal before being granted to emancipated First Fleet convict Elizabeth Needham in 1796. In the nineteenth century it became a site for brick making and other industries before being converted to a rubbish tip in the 1940s.