Rushcutters Bay, New South Wales

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Rushcutters Bay
Sydney,  New South Wales
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Rushcutters Bay
Rushcutters Bay, New South Wales
Population2,547 (2016 census) [1]
 • Density13,000/km2 (33,000/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 2011
Area0.2 km2 (0.1 sq mi)
Location3 km (2 mi) east of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) City of Sydney
State electorate(s) Sydney
Federal Division(s) Wentworth
Suburbs around Rushcutters Bay:
Potts Point Elizabeth Bay Port Jackson
Potts Point Rushcutters Bay Darling Point
Darlinghurst Paddington Edgecliff

Rushcutters Bay is a harbourside eastern suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 3 kilometres east of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Sydney. [2]

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The suburb of Rushcutters Bay sits beside the bay it takes its name from, on Sydney Harbour. It is surrounded by the suburbs of Elizabeth Bay, Darlinghurst, Paddington, and Darling Point. Kings Cross is a locality on the western border.

History

After British settlement, the area was first known as 'Rush Cutting Bay' because the swampy land was covered in tall rushes used by early settlers for thatching houses. In 1878, 2 hectares (6 acres) were reserved for recreation; and, after reclamation work was completed, Rushcutters Bay Park was created, bounded by New South Head Road and the bay at Sydney Harbour.

Rushcutters Bay was once the site of the famous Sydney Stadium. [3] On Boxing Day 1908 at the Stadium, Tommy Burns lost his heavyweight title to the legendary Jack Johnson, famously the first African-American to win a world title. For many years Rushcutters Bay was home to White City Stadium for major tennis tournaments, prior to the establishment of tennis facilities at Sydney Olympic Park.

On 6 April 1927, Herbert Pratten, Federal Minister for Trade, appeared in a Lee DeForest film to celebrate the opening of a Phonofilm studio in Rushcutters Bay. [4]

The bay at Sydney Harbour served as host for the sailing events during the 2000 Summer Olympics. [5]

Heritage listings

Rushcutters Bay has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

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Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (left) and Sydney Stadium during the Jack Johnson-Tommy Burns boxing match on 26 December 1908.

Demographics

At the 2016 census, the suburb of Rushcutters Bay recorded a population of 2,547 people. Of these: [1]

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The Rushcutters Bay Sewage Pumping Station is a heritage-listed sewerage pumping station located at Rushcutters Bay Park in the inner city Sydney suburb of Rushcutters Bay in the City of Sydney local government area of New South Wales, Australia. It was designed and built by the New South Wales Public Works Department from 1902 to 1904. It is also known as Sewage Pumping Station 18 and SPS 18. The property is owned by Sydney Water, an agency of the Government of New South Wales. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 18 November 1999.

References

  1. 1 2 Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Rushcutters Bay(State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2 July 2017. OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
  2. Gregory's Sydney Street Directory, Gregory's Publishing Company, 2007
  3. Pollon, Frances (1990). The Book of Sydney Suburbs. Australia: Angus & Robertson Publishers. p. 232. ISBN   0-207-14495-8.
  4. De Forest Phonofilms - Rushcutters Bay
  5. 2000 Summer Olympics official report. Archived 9 November 2000 at the Wayback Machine Volume 1. p. 379.
  6. "Sewage Pumping Station 18". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H01339. Retrieved 18 May 2018.

Coordinates: 33°52′39″S151°13′42″E / 33.8774°S 151.2282°E / -33.8774; 151.2282