Dictionary of Sydney

The Dictionary of Sydney was archived in 2021.

King's Dockyard

Shipyard where the first ships were built for the new colony.

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Sep 1796 - Oct 1809

King's Dockyard

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Built on the western shore of Circular Quay, King's Dockyard was the centre of the boom in boatbuilding between 1803 and 1807 and played its part in the use of native timbers in English naval yards. Its demise after 36 years reflected the end of the era of wooden ships.