Luna Park - Sydney
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First inhabitants were the Cammeraigal clan of the Kuringgai Tribe 1806 - James Milson farms in the area and builds a house on a site where one of the northern Harbour Bridge pylons stands today. 1830’s - Ferry services from North Shore to the city begin in Luna Park area 1886 - Cable tram from Milsons Point to North Sydney built next to the ferry wharf 1893 - Railway line completed from Milsons Point through Luna Park site to Hornsby 1924 –1932 - Bridge contractors occupy site and build large workshops where components for the Harbour Bridge are made and assembled. The workshops are demolished after the bridge is completed 4 October 1935 - Luna Park opens with rides relocated from Luna Park Glenelg, SA. The concept is based on the success of the first Luna Park which opened on Coney Island, New York in 1903. American entrepreneur Herman Phillips and others brought the idea to Australia and opened Luna Park Melbourne in 1912 and Luna Park Glenelg, Adelaide in 1930. Sydney’s Luna Park greatly benefits from the knowledge gained from the operation of the earlier parks. The park opens to immediate success and continues to be popular during World War II.
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