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Published May 20th 2018
Get surprised with Maori history in The Rocks
The Rocks (which was known as Tallawoladah by the Cadigal people) is the oldest part of Sydney and is situated on the western shores of Sydney Cove, an area steeped in rich history. It is filled with a neighbourhood of historic laneways in the shadow of the stunning Sydney Harbour Bridge and iconic Sydney Opera House sitting adjacent. It was the first European settlement in Australia, established by Captain Arthur Phillip of England in 1788 as a penal colony.
Campbells Cove Jetty is the meeting spot for the Poihakena Walking Tour.
Very few of us are aware of the Maori who lived, loved, visited, traded and worked for over 225-years in The Rocks. For the rest of us, this tour is a wonderful way to get an insight into the history of the Maori who arrived in The Rocks, Sydney.
Historical images were shown to us throughout the Tour.
The Tour was filled with many surprises about the discoveries of remnants during the colonial times, including a greenstone taonga at The Rocks Discovery Museum and intriguing stories that were shared by our very knowledgeable and friendly guide Brent and his adorable assistant.
After our greeting, the Tour began with a Maori prayer, which was translated in English, followed by a brief introduction about the Maori culture. We then departed the picturesque Campbells Cove and began on our Maori history journey along the streets of The Rocks.
Remaining piece of the original road that was built using the mighty Kauri trees from New Zealand (This is not the original wood used- it has been replaced)
We passed sandstones alleyways, laneways, breathtaking courtyards, the bustling Argyle Street, strolled down Maori Lane, and visited The Rocks Discovery Museum and the archaeological site at the Whalers Arms, which is near the historical Susannah Place Museum (built in 1844).
An original rope dating back to the colonial days can be discovered on this amazing Walking Tour.
The leisurely walk was extremely enjoyable with a few laughs here and there and Brent did an exceptional job sharing Maori history with us. It was such an informative activity and certainly shined a different light on this spectacular and iconic region of Sydney.
It felt like we stepped back into time at Susannah's Place- The image on the right is how this region of The Rocks looked and on the left this is how it looks today!