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Woolloomooloo Name Origin
Woolloomooloo is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning 'kangaroo' or 'burial place'.
Woolloomooloo Settlement History
Settlement of the area dates from 1793, with land used mainly for grazing. Significant development occurred in the 1820s. Growth continued in the 1850s, spurred by the reclamation of the bay, creation of a wharf and the introduction of dockside uses and worker’s housing. Further subdivision and building occurred in the 1880s, with housing built for workers on the nearby wharves. From the 1920s the area began to be earmarked for redevelopment. In the 1960s many areas were cleared and residents were moved in anticipation of major commercial redevelopment. In 1975 a Government redevelopment project began which took the remaining older housing stock and revamped it. Gentrification has taken place in recent years. The population increased during the late 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area, particularly along the waterfront. The population and dwelling stock were relatively stable between 2001 and 2006, and then increased slightly between 2006 and 2011.
Major features of the area include The Finger Wharf, Plunkett Street Public School and Sydney Distance Education High School.