2009 Pyrmont

My husband and I recently moved to Pyrmont with Rex, our new and lively puppy. We chose Pyrmont because it’s renowned as a pet-friendly postcode and offers an abundance of parks for everyone to enjoy, including dog lovers. Since moving here we have quickly become acquainted with many of the locals on a first name basis with Rex being the perfect conversation icebreaker. You could say that Pyrmont is more like a village, yet only minutes from the hub of Sydney’s CBD. My photos feature people who live or work among this eclectic community. From all ages and varied walks of life, it is the people who make Pyrmont such a warm and friendly place to live.  The Pyrmont Community Centre is a hub and offers an interesting choice of activities where locals come to mingle. Many of the local buildings hold historic significance and as someone who loves sandstone and older style architecture, Pyrmont has plenty. Jacksons Landing, a collection of modern apartment buildings, provides high-rise living in this densely populated suburb. Pyrmont’s leafy streets are picturesque and easy to walk around. Postcode 2009 encompasses Darling Island and the famous Sydney fish markets.  There are many wharves and walkways along the harbour foreshore attracting locals and visitors alike, even after a year I remain fascinated by the interesting walks I now share with our 2-year-old dog, Rex.

Pictures & words by Theresa Lee.

Pyrmont is officially Australia’s most densely populated postcode with 13,850 residents per square kilometre. It lies just 2 k’s from the CBD, adjoining Darling Harbour, Glebe, and sitting across the water from Barangaroo, Balmain and White Bay. It’s an interesting suburb with stark contrasts and rich history.  In my walk to work in the city, my path takes me past the abandoned Terminus hotel sitting covered in vine leaves, empty for 30 years and an anachronism resulting from land banking. I pass several cafe’s to choose a morning coffee from in the mostly quiet leafy streets, past the industrial centre home to Fairfax and a number of media companies, past Star City Casino casino and across a pedestrian bridge into the city. A keen eye would spot remnants of the industrial past along the journey. Old distillery and horse stable buildings, a convict labour sandstone quarry, and sugar refining reminders scattered around. The ultra high density housing in Pyrmont is offset by an abundance of green parks and recreational areas and bike paths. Weekends things get busy around the Sydney Fish Markets and towards Darling Harbour end of the postcode, but overall the feature of Pyrmont which I have enjoyed the most, despite it’s density and proximity to the city, is actually it’s tranquility.  

Pictures taken from great heights by Todd Kennedy or more correctly, Wilma, his drone. The words were written at sea level. His photography can be found at his website here www.toddkennedy.zenfolio.com or his instagram there @todka