The two biggest paddocks in Balmain, were Pilchers (Grafton Street) and Ory’s (cnr of Elliot and Glassop Streets) Ory’s was thickly covered with bushes and trees and a good playground for the children who loved to climb. housing commission homes are built there today.
Shipyards: Many shipyards were seen around the shores of Balmain and some played a very significant role during World War II. they were Mort’s Dock and Engineering, Foole and Steel, Howard Smith, White and Co S.G White, Adelaide Steamship, Chapmans Dock, Jubilee Storey and Keers, Morrison and Sinclair and Sydney Ferries.
Balmain’s Maritime History includes the history of boat yards, shipyards and ship repair yards which once inhabited Balmain and provided employment for Painters and Dockers.
- 1. Poole and Steel, Stephen Street
- 2. Irma and Dick White, Shipwriting, Grafton Street
- 3. Maritime Services Board Depot, Cameron’s Cove (now proposed Water Police)
- 4. Nichol Bros. and Penguin Floating Crane, Weston Street
- 5. S.G. White & Co. (the “Bull Ring”) Lookes Avenue
- 6. Maritime Services Board, Goat Island
- 7. Adelaide S.S. Co., Nicholson Street
- 8. Chapman’s Slipway, Hart Street
- 9. Mort’s Dock & Eng. Co., Mort Bay
- 10. Stannard’s Launches, Lemm Street
- 11. Jubilee Eng. Co., Yeroulbin Street
- 12. Morrison & Sinclair, Long Nose (now Yeroulbin) Point
- 13. Storey & Keers, Louisa Road
- 14. Howard Smith S.S. Co. (old coal mine site), Water Street, moved from Adolphus
- 15. Cockatoo Island
- 16. S.G. White (“Bull Ring”), Fitzroy Avenue, moved from Lookes Avenue