Watsons Bay


Suburb on the outermost shore of the southern side of Sydney harbour which, since colonial times, has been an important naval and civil maritime precinct, as well as a destination for Sydneysiders and tourists.


Watsons Bay

by Robin Derricourt, 2008

Known as Kutti to the Cadigal people, Watsons Bay became crucial to the early colony's maritime life, with the signal station, pilot station and lighthouses nearby. Fishing was important too. At the same time, grand houses, hotels and public buildings were built for the upper classes. From the mid-nineteenth century, regular ferry services brought tourists and day-trippers to Watsons Bay's tea rooms, hotels and tourist attractions.
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Watsons Bay demographics

View of the heads at the entrance to Port Jackson 1824
Watsons Bay, before 1869
Merlin's photographic cart on Old South Head Road, Watsons Bay and South Head 1870-75
Atlas of the Suburbs of Sydney - Vaucluse & Woollahra 1895-1895
Cliffs, Watsons Bay 1886
Zoological display at Watsons Bay 1860-1870