Pyrmont Timeline

Sea Level rises and floods Parramatta River valley, Cadigal clans occupy shores of Sydney Harbour.
6000 BP

Smallpox epidemic decimates Sydney aboriginal population.
1789

Captain John Macarthur buys Thomas Jones’ 55 acre farm for £10 worth of rum & subsequently names it Pyrmont.

1799

Surgeon John Harris granted 135 acres opposite Pyrmont by Governor King.

1806

Edward Macarthur subdivides Pyrmont into 100 allotments.

1836

Chowne’s shipyard established at Pyrmont.
1839

130 dwellings in Pyrmont.
1850

Pyrmont Public School opens in Mount Street.
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1858

Pyrmont Police Station opens.
1864

City Iron Works opens.
1870

First Pyrmont Baths erected.
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1875

CSR Refinery opens.
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1878

Saunders Pyrmont Quarry employing 100 men and 50 horses.
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1883

Pyrmont peninsula comprises 19,000 residents and 4000 houses.
1891

Pyrmont Public School in John Street completed.
1892

Pyrmont Baths redeveloped.
1901

New Glebe Island Bridge opened.
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1903

Railway cutting dissects Pyrmont peninsula.
1916

Terminus Hotel opens.
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1917

High Pressure Boiler Station constructed.
1935

Pyrmont trams cease.
1953

Pyrmont peninsula population 4,007.
1961

Population of Pyrmont peninsula 1,590.
1981

CSR Pyrmont refinery closes.
1992

CSR vacates site. Archaeological digs commence.
1996