Animal Husbandry

View of the seat of Ultimo, near Sydney, in New South Wales

Animal husbandry was more promising. Responding to the quality of his land grant, Surgeon Harris committed much of Ultimo to a deer park – a bold display of wealth in a hungry settlement. Small-scale dairy-farming persisted into the twentieth century, but Pyrmonters kept pigs, dogs, goats, rabbits and fowls in their yards: they did so to dispose of rubbish, but also for their own subsistence. As in the case of timber, so with meat: Pyrmont processed more than it produced.