Pyrmont could almost be symbolic of Australia at large! How so, I hear you gasp?
The first land grant was made in 1795. The next 100 years was spent carving swathes of yellow sandstone from all over the peninsula, to ship into the city to construct major public buildings. The century after that, the land and the waters were despoiled as its industrial waterfront was overwhelmed with wharves, shipbuilding yards, sugar factories and woolstores.
Now into its third century since European settlement, Pyrmont has sloughed off its industrial heritage, and struggled into a cloak of urban respectability.