Pyrmont History header showing Pyrmont in 1890

This website is dedicated to all those who have lived and worked in Pyrmont since its earliest days.

In the first phase of European settlement, John Harris created Ultimo Estate and John Macarthur planned something equally elegant at Pyrmont Point. However, Pyrmont was ideally located for essential industries: boat-building, iron foundries and abattoirs; then sandstone on an immense scale. The peninsula became the noisy, crowded home for workers in these industries and - in the greatest of them all - the sugar refinery.

From the 1890s, as industries expanded, the population began to decline. A century later heavy industries closed: the old companies and cottages were replaced by media, IT firms and high-rise apartments. Pyrmont became a yardstick for urban renewal.

The Pyrmont History Group invites you to explore our collection.

Please Contact Us if you have information or materials you would like to contribute.

Pins and icons indicate places where particular industries or functions have operated.

The major employers and commercial services of the local economy.

The clubs, pubs, churches, schools, sports, events and social conditions of the Pyrmont community.

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Those who have lived in and made Pyrmont the place it was and is.

Significant past events are described, and further resources flagged.

The Pyrmont History Group is an association of residents recovering and sharing information about this suburb and community. Urban renewal, from the 1990s, displaced residents and industries but did not obliterate their experience. In this website we identify significant places in Pyrmont, and uncover and introduce evidence of the lives and careers of quarrymen and butchers, refiners and distillers, and many other occupations of a busy precinct.