Potts Point History

Once known as Woolloomooloo Hill, Potts Point and the surrounding area has a rich Sydney history which is reflected in its grand old mansions and architectural monuments built in the 1800s and early 1900s.

Potts Point has always been popular with the rich and famous and many wealthy people still own homes there today. Potts Point history shows that it was originally home to wealthy landowners who could afford palatial residences on generous-sized blocks.

One of these landowners, Judge Advocate John Wylde, was the first to be offered a land grant in the vicinity. He sold a large proportion of his land to Joseph Potts, an accountant for the bank of NSW. The popular suburb was most probably named after him.

Alexander McCleay, who is forever immortalised by the popular Street in Potts Point, was the original owner of Elizabeth Bay House. Now open to the public, Elizabeth Bay House is monumental to Potts Point history. One of the best architects of the time, John Verge, originally designed it.

John Verge was also responsible for designing Tusculum, another architectural wonder that now houses the Royal Australian institute of Architects.

To experience the history of Sydney first hand, take a self-guided Historical Walking Tour or check out the Archives.

Potts Point History


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Potts Point Attractions


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Potts Point Restaurants


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Potts Point Accommodation


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Potts Point Accommodation

De Vere Hotel

De Vere Hotel Potts Point

Macleay Serviced Apartments

Macleay Serviced Apts Potts Point

Sir Stamford

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Stamford Plaza

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Crown Hotel

Crown Hotel Sydney

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