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Cockatoo Island

For those of you who enjoy heavy machinery, things that you can get your hands dirty on, here are some images from Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour. The island has been a prison, a Navy dockyard and is now a recreation area. The old Navy machine shops are full of wonderful old engineering tools, all made in England and Scotland, by an industry all but gone now. No wimpy transistors or semi-conductors here, just heavy metal, a very atmospheric place.
Whenever I go to Cockatoo I think of my Grandfather, Charlie Donald, a proud Glaswegian. He was a boilermaker on the Clyde and, after emigrating to New Zealand, at the Hillside workshops in Dunedin. I think it's appropriate to dedicate this gallery to him. Here's to you Grandad!