Paradise, Purgatory and Hellhole: a history of Pyrmont and Ultimo

Map of Pyrmont and Ultimo


The map below can be used to guide you on a walking tour. It shows a selection of buildings still visible in Pyrmont and Ultimo, including:

- tiny terraces of Hackett Street (renamed from Bulwarra Lane after local Labor member Charlie Hackett who pushed for lanes to be renamed streets in the 1950s to help their inhabitants secure jobs);

- sites of the fabulously named quarries (Paradise, Purgatory and Hellhole);

- the last standing flour mill in Pyrmont or Ultimo, the Edwin Davey Flour Mill on Gipp Street, visible from the Anzac Bridge as you head towards the city.

As you follow the numbers on the map you can see that many of the street names reflect the people and industries influential to the area. From the Harris family with Harris, William Henry and Mary Ann Streets, to Bunn and Murray Streets after Captain Bunn and Anna Maria Murray, his wife, to Quarry Lane and Mill Street.

Legend to the map, below
1. Ways Terrace
2. Colonial Sugar Refinery (CSR) gatehouse
3. Terminus Hotel
4. Sandstone bakery
5. John Street Public School
6. Paradise quarry
7. Pyrmont Power Station facade
8. War memorial
9. Union Square housing
10. Guardian Square plaque
11. St Bedes
12. Purgatory quarry
13. Hellhole quarry
14. Fig Park
15. Goldsborough and Mort wool store
16. Lord Wolseley Hotel
17. Farmers and Graziers wool store
18. Hackett Street terraces
20. Mary Ann Street terraces plaque
21. Sydney Technical College, Bldg A - stained glass and date stone
22. Ultimo House (no remains)
23. Davey flour mill
24. Scott Street cottages

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Map of Ultimo and Pyrmont; copyright Department of Lands.

Source: copyright Department of Lands