Newsletter: Sirius on World Monument Watch & Invite to our Book Launch

Dear Sirius Supporters,

A quick update for you on some Siriusly exiting news! 

  • Sirius has been added on the World Monuments Watch List for 2018 by the international World Monuments Fund, and
  • Our book is almost here – and we would love to see you at our upcoming events!  Details below. 


World Monuments Watch

The World Monument Fund (WMF), the leading independent organization devoted to saving important cultural heritage sites around the world. since 1965, has listed Sirius on their 2018 Watch List. Every two years since 1996, the World Monuments Watch issues a call to action for treasured cultural heritage sites around the globe.Sirius has been added to the 2018 World Monuments Watch List, which includes only 25 sites representing a wide variety of challenges ranging from human conflict and urbanization to natural disaster and climate change.

This year, The 2018 World Monuments Watch calls on the government of New South Wales to respect the recommendation of its heritage experts and allow its citizens to maintain an important social legacy.

Shaun Carter, Save Our Sirius Chairperson said “Today’s announcement by the World Monuments Fund to place Sirius on their watch list demonstrates the architectural and social significance of Sirius.“We agree, the NSW Government should listen to the expert advice of their own heritage council, and list Sirius on the NSW Heritage List. The NSW Heritage Council recognised Sirius as exemplar Brutalist Housing, and acknowledged the buildings link to the Green Bans movement.

Read more about the list at or on Broadsheet Sydney 

Sirius was nominated for the list by Glenn Harper, architect and creator of Brutalist Project Sydney on Instagram


Join us for the launch of Sirius 

The Save Our Sirius Foundation and Piper Press invite you to the official launch of our book Sirius by Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore at Books Kinokuniya, on Wednesday 8th November from 6:30 to 8:30pm 
Following the launch, authors will join City of Sydney Councillor Jess Scully in a conversation about the book, and our fight to save Sirius. 
Books Kinokuniya 
Level 2 The Galeries 500 George Street Sydney
Wednesday 8th November, 6:30-8:30pm 



Saving Our Sirius: Glee Books Literary Event  

Join Sirius architect Tao Gofers, Comedian and Modernism enthusiast Tim Ross, and Save Our Sirius chairperson Shaun Carter in this panel discussion. 
Glee Books
49 Glebe Point Road Glebe 
Wednesday 15th November , 6pm for 6:30pm 

Tao Gofers, Jack and Judy Mundey, in the Phillip  Room.


Opening of Nita McCrae Park

Saturday 28th October, 11am-1pm,, Abraham Mott Hall

Nita McCrae and Jack Mundey are the two people most responsible for saving The Rocks and Millers Point from destruction in the 1970s, and for saving a community. It was Nita McCrae who contacted unions and anyone she thought might lend support to save The Rocks, but no-one responded until she wrote to the Secretary of the Builders Labourers Federation. Jack Mundey replied and together the unions and the community placed a Green Ban on The Rocks and changed forever the way urban design occurs in our city.

The Rocks and Millers Point would have been vastly different places without Nita’s intervention.

At the opening of the refurbished Millers Point Community Hall, Mayor Clover Moore will name the new park Nita McCrae Park in recognition of her contribution. Read more about Nita’s contribution.

Save Our Sirius will have a stall, and we hope to have copies of Sirius available. The above still from Rocking the Foundations, a history of the NSW Builders Laborers’ Federation and the Green Bans, a film by Pat Fiske.

We hope to see you at Nita McCrae Park on 28th October. 

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