Peninsular inner-west suburb between Darling Harbour and Johnston's Bay. Quarried for its sandstone, it later became a heavily industrialised working-class enclave, then gentrified as industry declined.


by Shirley Fitzgerald, 2008 Creative Commons License

Home to the Gommerigal people until the 1830s, Pyrmont peninsula remained undeveloped until the 1840s despite its proximity to Sydney Town. Quarrying the Pyrmont sandstone became a major industry, changing the natural features of the place. Wharves, factories and haulage provided work for the people who moved in, until the industry moved out, and another transformation began in the 1980s.
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Pyrmont demographics

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View of Sydney from Pyrmont, New South Wales c1880
Millers Point c1845
Pyrmont Bridge 1858
Pyrmont Bridge 2003
Pyrmont, showing cattle in a field with sandstone boulders c1871
Pyrmont Quarry 1893
Patent slip belonging to the Australian Steam Navigation Co c1855
Pyrmont 1868
Tug St Aristell at Pyrmont c1947
Pyrmont quarries c1900
Plan shewing the situation of Mr William's property at Glebe Island, WH Wells, surveyor July 11th 1844
Panorama of Darling Island and Harbour, looking towards the city December 1903
The collapse of the old Glebe Island Bridge, August 1899
Birds eye view of general wharfage scheme west of Dawes Point as it will appear when completed, published 1913