History uncovered in the CBD

3 September 2017

Crews have been busy working to uncover and record some of Sydney’s early history under Alfred Street in Circular Quay, as work progresses in Zone 1.

Historical maps indicate that these buildings are likely to be related to a number of commercial stores which operated in the area between the 1840s and 1880s.

It is thought that one of the buildings could be the Working Men’s Coffee House and another, a Chinese merchant – both from the mid to late nineteenth century. Lower George Street was known as the ‘Chinese Quarter’ during this period: Sydney’s first China Town.

As the site is of local significance, it is being carefully uncovered, with finds recorded and excavated.

Track installation continues in the CBD, with more installed during August outside the Queen Victoria Building in Zone 6, George Street between Market and Park Streets.

In Zone 5, George Street between King and Market Street, work is ramping up as preparations begin to move barriers back to make way for the busy shopping period in the lead up to Christmas.