Tuesday, 7 April 2009
The value of the heel pivot
Early one Saturday morning looking East from Darling Island to towering clouds behind the CBD, then a quick pivot to the west to the newly developed Pymont Park. Darling Island was "given" to Thomas Jones in 1795 who soon after was hung for murdering a missionary and the rocky outcrop fell into the hands of Lieutenant John MacArthur who with his wife Elizabeth were instrumental in the development of the Australian wool industry. After McArthur's death in 1834 the island was joined to the mainland and began its pivotal role in the history of wharves and shipping in Sydney. It is now gentrified.