of Sydney Historical Association (COSHA)
in 2000 with the aim of increasing awareness
and appreciation of the history of the City
aims to make our history more accessible. COSHA
regularly organises guided walks, lectures and
tours of historic sites and buildings.
Bennelong, arguably the best
known aboriginal in early Australian history
claimed that Goat Island belonged to his father,
and he and wife Barangaroo were often seen
The Europeans moved in to the
island in the 1830s quarrying sandstone and
went on to construct the Sydney Magazine complex.
The Water Police moved there in 1838, followed
by the Sydney Harbour Master.
The island was the main site
for the TV series Water Rats from
Photographs taken by COSHA members Betty Candy
John Brooks and Rose Boutin.
Harbour Masters House
Harbour Masters Drawing Room
Colonial Magazine 1836
Water Police Station
Bar used during the making of the Water
Rats TV series
British Army Barracks before 1870