The Botany Pump Station supplied water to the city of Sydney from 1859 to 1886. It drew water from the Botany Swamps which now are more commonly know as the Mill and Engine Pond. Don’t you love that name, sounds really industrial.
These days, the Botany pumping station is a bit of a relic and is situated to the south-east of Sydney Airport. In 1896, the machinery and boilers were dismantled leaving the chimney stack in tact (have a look at its glory here). When the Airport was developed, the stack was considered a hazard to aircraft and was pulled down to the level you seen now in the photo above.
Bare Island, now a museum, has a checkered history. In 1877, a fort to protect Sydney from sea attacks was build on the Island. In 1902, the fort was decommissioned and in 1912, it became a retirement home for war veterans from the Crimea, Sudan and China campaigns. In the 1960s, it was given over to the State government Wildlife Service for use as a museum, which remains is current role.
But there is one part of the Island’s history that few people, apart from locals, know about.
Well, Bare Island is a major film star, and if you are into action films there is a good chance you would have seen this one.