Sydney, ANZAC and Glebe Island Bridges, Sydney - photo Marghanita

Ecologically Sustainable Sydney


Dirty Cruise Ship Terminal - Creating noise and air pollution.

There is some irony, that Cruise Ships which dock at White Bay have to leave their engines running, because there is no shore power available!

ABC 7.30 Report: Locals demand halt to cruise ships in harbour, Fri 14 Feb 2014

"In the shipping industry, people are paying more attention on the emission issue of ships. A shore to ship power solution is attractive for port authorities and ship owners as it helps to reduce emissions in ports by connecting ships to the port electricity grid and turn off their diesel engines while at berth to improve air quality, reduce noise and vibrations in port areas. Besides, there are also economical benefits of shore to ship power as costs related to fossil fuel consumption increase. " Shore to ship converter system for energy saving and emission reduction, Power Electronics and ECCE Asia (ICPE & ECCE), 2011 IEEE 8th International Conference

"WINNING COOKBOOK, published in 1659 (above) .. "My grandmother brought it out from England with her last century, but we've owned it since 1905," she said. "The Compleat Cook" is bound with another book...
She fell in love with an engineer on the boat trip and married him soon after arriving. They lived in a mansion on six acres of ground where the White Bay Power Station is now..." - 1963 'Announcing the prizewinners of Oldest Cookbook and Churn.'" - The Australian Women's Weekly (1932-1982), 25 December, p. 43, viewed 23 February, 2011,

"The Planning Minister, Tony Kelly, will announce the acquisition of the 645-square-metre site at 27 Victoria Road today...
The pub, which was built in 1916 and once served wharfies and workers from the neighbouring docks and White Bay Power Station, burnt down in 2008, 16 years after last drinks were served.- SMH, July 1, 2010

"The White Bay Hotel was built in 1860..." -

J. Booth and Co. Balmain Steam Saw Mills and Joinery Works

Following the opening of Mort's Dock, new industries were attracted to Balmain. Shipbuilder John Booth came to Balmainin the early 1850s amd diversified opening a steam saw mill..." - pages 19-20, A pictorial history of Balmain to Glebe By Joan Lawrence


City Energy: White Bay Power Station

light fitting on corrugated wall
light fitting on steel beams
Very high brick wall with glass and concrete window panel
Green Downpipe against very high brick wall
people milling about at entrance to concrete building
black and white tiles

The White Bay Power Station is part of the Bays Precinct....more

Open Day 11am-3pm Saturday 26 February 2011...more

"I went for a tour through the White Bay Power Station in Sydney..." - more

White Bay Power Station Social Significance Assessment

"This online discussion forum has concluded. You can still browse the site but the discussion area" -

"Introduction to new forum on White Bay Power Station by NSW Minister for Planning Kristina Keneally" -

"The remains of the plant can be clearly seen at the western end of the ANZAC Bridge on the junction of Victoria Road and Roberts Street." -

"..The derelict and forlornly magnificent White Bay Power Station – currently heritage-protected and cited by architect Brian Suters as ‘the ugly toad which could be transformed to a thing of beauty’ – was a magnet begging for adaptive re-use." - /

"...The White Bay Hotel and NSW Power Station..." -

1952 'SUNDAY NIGHT BLACKOUT.', The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926-1954), 19 May, p. 5, viewed 23 February, 2011,

"About 1,500 tons/of this is gas coal. It will be transferred to lighters at Pyrmont and towed to the Mortlake works of the Australian Gas Light Co.
The remaining 500 tons is for the White Bay power station. ..." - 1951 'GASCOAL BY RAIL.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), 9 June, p. 3, viewed 23 February, 2011,

public wandering the grounds of derelict powerstation1944 'SYDNEY TRAFFIC DISORGANISED.', Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888-1954), 18 October, p. 3, viewed 23 February, 2011,

"It is understood that the linking of the White Bay power station with the Railway Commissioner's station at Lithgow will be considered before any action is taken..." - 1938 'ELECTRIFICATION PROJECT.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), 25 July, p. 7, viewed 23 February, 2011,

power station and conveyor belt View of White Bay Power Station and White Bay headwaters from Glebe Island grain silos, State Records NSW Digital ID: 9856_2017_2017000268

More about the photograph at and flickr

1933 'NEW BOILERS.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), 23 September, p. 10, viewed 23 February, 2011,

Aerial view of the White Bay power station, looking northerly (ca 1930)

"The Railway Department stated yesterday that the stoppage on the city tramways yesterday morning was due to the failure of a cable at the White Bay power station..." - 1929 'WALK TO WORK.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), 12 December, p. 16, viewed 23 February, 2011,

White Bay Power House 1925 (Photo)

"The White Bay Power Station came on line in 1917 and operated until it was decommissioned in 1984...." -

"originally built by the Department of Railways to supply more power for Sydney’s growing Electric Tramway System in 1912 (and was later expanded for the City and Suburban Railway Electrification in the mid 1920s)..." -

"A description of the 5000kw Parsons turbo alternator set which will be installed by the Government of New South Wales at the White Bay power station was given in these columns recently..." - 1914 'ENGINEERING.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848-1954), 29 January, p. 13, viewed 23 February, 2011, © Ramin Communications 2010. Last modified 15 February 2014.