Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Where do you go after you've been a hole in the ground?


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.

7 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Very nice looking!

Steffe said...

That three, or perhaps four-storey building looks new. Expensive apartments I guess.

Joan Elizabeth said...

More and more holes are coming. It's not just coal -- gold, silver and copper are all having a boom and the nearby towns are blooming with it.

The march of time has a way of changing things sometimes for the better, sometimes for worse (at least for a little while).

Ann said...

I don't mind the redevelopment of these old wharf areas providing they are done well, the wharves along Hickson Road being a case in point.

Jim said...

Terrific shot. I was right there on the weekend and took a similar shot.

Kay L. Davies said...

Nowhere to go but up, I guess!
Luv, K

diane b said...

This is where I first set foot on the east coast of Australia from the migrant ship the Georgic sister to the Titanic. It didn't look like this then.