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Spectacle Island

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Spectacle Island is probably Sydney Harbour’s least known island – mainly because general public access to it has been prohibited continuously since the 1860s.

Local resident and former Navy employee Robert Curran will speak on the island’s 150-year history as a colonial gunpowder magazine, Royal Navy ordnance depot and Royal Australian Navy armament depot at Five Dock Library on Thursday, 19 May 2016 at 7pm.

Robert’s talk will highlight some of the interesting characters associated with Spectacle Island, including James Gorman, winner of one of the first Victoria Crosses to be awarded in the Crimean war, Mr Henry Capper, naval entrepreneur and ‘Nuggett’, the Spectacle Island dog.