Much of the area at Breakfast Point was previously occupied by the Mortlake Gasworks of the Australian Gas Light Company (AGL), which began developing the site in 1883.
The Mortlake Gasworks site offered river access for colliers known as ‘sixty milers’, because the site was 60 nautical miles from Newcastle. The coal was then converted to gas for residential and industrial use, whilst the site offered virtually unlimited space for expansion.
The Gasworks remained in operation until the 1990s when piped natural gas was used. In 1998, after a selected tender process, AGL chose Rosecorp Pty. Ltd. to progressively acquire and develop the Mortlake site. Redevelopment proceeded until 2021, when the “Plumbers Workshop” was completed.
See ‘A History of Breakfast Point’, courtesy of long-time resident, Kevin Guest.
Greg Maunsell has compiled some background on our War Memorial – please click here.