Jacksons Landing, at the northern tip of the Pyrmont peninsula, attracts scholars and scores of students to inspect (and admire) a leading example of urban renewal.  For a hundred years the Colonial Sugar Refining Company processed sugar here, distilled rum and industrial alcohol, and transformed sugar cane refuse into building material.  As Australia’s second largest industrial complex (behind BHP) CSR even had the resources, the engineers and the skills to produce fuel, and weapons, during the Second World War.

Until the 1990s Pyrmont was noisily industrial and heavily polluted. As industries moved out, the State Government resolved to redevelop the suburb as high-rise residential.  As a leading part of this program, the whole 11 hectare CSR site was bought by Lend Lease, who named it Jacksons Landing and planned a high-rise, upmarket residential complex.  Within a Master Plan of landscaped parks and gardens, they commissioned architects to renovate industrial buildings when possible, and to replace most of them with contemporary designs.

The first residents moved in during 2000.  By 2013 when all residential buildings were complete, a community of 2500 residents occupied 1400 apartments, terraces and townhouses. They enjoy common facilities (tennis courts, meeting rooms, a pool and gymnasium) and a sprinkling of commercial services.  Jacksons Landing’s industrial heritage is reflected in machinery and installations scattered through the whole complex, and recorded in this website.


Hanjin California is free to leave

October 4, 2016 News

HANJIN California (IMO 9631101) is free to leave its berth at Glebe Island after the Federal Court of Australia released the vessel from arrest, according to a statement from the court. However, "operational issues" have arisen, and the vessel is unable to leave Glebe Island 1 for Jakarta until they are dealt with. "This will…

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The Hanjin California at Glebe Island

September 12, 2016 News

The container ship berthed at Glebe Island is the Hanjin California. Hanjin is an immense South Korean shipping company, now bankrupt.  Like its rivals, Hanjin built too much capacity after the GFC.  Many of its vessels are stranded at sea, as ports refuse to let them berth.  The California has been evicted from Port Botany…

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September 7, 2016 News

Ultimo School P&C executive members have succeeded in getting an Upper House inquiry into Enrolment capacity in inner city public primary schools, focusing on the redevelopment of Ultimo School. Community groups and individuals are encouraged to make submissions online, or you can email your response before 18 September. Details on Facebook: Kids before Developers –…

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Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce is reviving the Growers Market – last Saturday of the month in Pirrama Park. They are supported by The Star and the City of Sydney, and the many thousands of regulars who have mourned the demise of the market. The first new market is planned for Saturday 26 November. If…

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Creative Pyrmont

August 8, 2016 News

Art, Craft and Photography will be exhibited in the Pyrmont Community Centre on Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October. Free drinks and nibbles will be served on Friday night 6-8pm, and Pyrmont Sings! will entertain. Admire paintings by the Women’s Art Group, ceramics from Pyrmont’s potters, woodwork by members of the Men’s Shed, and…

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Christmas in Pyrmont Charities Chosen


The Christmas in Pyrmont organising committee has decide to support Barnardos Aboriginal Early Years Support Service, Detour House Refuge for Women and Girls, and the Harris Centre/MustardSeed homelessness program this year. Of course the more sponsors we have, the more we can donate, so please let us know if you are interested in joining The…

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Help for the Hungry

June 21, 2016 News

The Uniting Harris Community Centre is running a Winter Food Drive to help members of the community in need. Winter can be extremely hard for those who don’t have the resources to meet all its demands. They especially need: Food: Long life milk Ring-pulled canned goods – stews, tuna, tuna, soup, fruit Breakfast cereal Coffee…

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June 17, 2016 News

This year’s theme is INNER CITY LIVING, with plenty of scope to capture aspects of our lives. You have lots of time to take great photos – pick up information and entry forms at the Pyrmont Community Centre. All photos will be displayed at the opening of the Pyrmont Art, Craft and Photo Exhibition on…

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Take care on Bowman Street!

May 31, 2016 News

This car left the road, sailed over the garden, narrowly missing the flagpoles and the Gatehouse, and landed in Refinery Square. Apparently the driver lost control driving down Jones Street. Pedestrians beware!

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May 27, 2016 News

The State Government plans to close the Powerhouse Museum, the principal institution of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, and sell the site to enable the construction of another residential tower in Ultimo. A new museum will be built on the site of the old David Jones carpark in Parramatta, about one hectare in…

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