As the fourth white settlement officially established in Australia, Liverpool’s heritage traces back to the earliest days of nationhood.
Much of the colourful history of Liverpool’s development from shantytown to a vibrant city an hour’s drive west from the centre of Sydney is told in a permanent exhibition in the Regional Museum on the Hume Highway.
But the essence of Liverpool is centred in an old building next door to the museum. Collingwood was built by Nantucket whaler and adventurer Eber Bunker on the site of land granted him in 1804. Bunker was among the first bounty hunters to take sperm whales just off Port Jackson in 1791 and, for his sins, is recognised as the ‘father of Australian whaling’.
Liverpool boasts two of Sydney's oldest surviving bridges: the Lansdowne Bridge, which completes the Hume Highway crossing of Prospect Creek and a stone bridge at Lapstone. Both were built under the supervision of Scottish stonemason David Lennox, who learnt his trade at the foot of the famous English engineer, Thomas Telford.