Bradfield Park Heritage Walk

The Bradfield Park Heritage Walk is a self-guided interpretive trail through the heritage-listed Bradfield Park North, from Burton Street to Lavender Street, celebrating the special features of this heritage-listed parkland.

The walk enables an intimate experience for the park user combining landscape and heritage settings in a unique and sensitive way. 

The walk traverses past the unique Milsons Point Station entrance and along the Sydney Harbour Bridge approach walls with their Art Deco detailing as designed by JJC Bradfield, Chief Engineer for the Bridge, under treed canopy and past garden plantings set in between the approach wall pilasters, to the footprints of the former houses and businesses of the Milsons Point Community that were knocked down for the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Large swathes of Milsons Point & Kirribilli villages were greatly affected by property resumptions and demolitions for the Bridge. Some 3000 people were affected by the loss of up to 500 homes and shops. The Bradfield Park Heritage Walk commemorates this upheaval to the community, in words, pictures and through physical representation on the surface of the building walls and foundations that remain beneath the park.

The walk was opened for the 75th anniversary of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 2007 by the only granddaughter of JJC Bradfield, Ms Shirley Fox (now deceased).

 

For those interested in more details about the resumptions and demolitions and the impact of the Bridge may wish to view the film documentary: Shifting Old North Sydney - The Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Local Community

 

Heritage Walk signs

After the Bridge Creation of a Park (767KB)

Before the Bridge Estates and Subdivisions (626KB)

Layers of History The Local Landscape (611KB)

Layers of History Building Footprints (503KB)

Layers of History Uncovering the Past (628KB)

Building the Bridge Resumption and Demolition (650KB)

Building the Bridge The Northern Approach (652KB)

Creation of a Park Changes over Time (709KB)

 

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