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Pyrmont: founded on corruption, divided by disease, united by industry

by ALEC SMART The Pyrmont peninsula is a sandstone-based outcrop bordered either side by two navigable coves, Blackwattle Bay and Darling Harbour. The region has gone through boom, bust and boom again as it transitioned from abattoirs to quarries to docks to slums and is now a hub for technology and tourism. Although inhabited for […]

NAKED CITY – A PLAGUE ON YOUR MOUSES!

With Coffin Ed. There is something about plagues of critters, be they rats, mice or other vermin, that is always biblical. They seem to appear from nowhere as if by some kind of existential control although it’s generally chemicals or biological warfare that drive them away – rather than prayers to God. That’s not to […]

THE NAKED CITY: RAT CATCHER IN THE RYE

Rats – their very name evokes shock and paranoia. Particularly if you were living in Sydney circa 1900, when the dreaded bubonic plague arrived in a protracted series of deadly outbreaks. The nasty rodents were blamed for spreading the disease via fleas to humans, and the city employed dozens of rat catchers to combat their […]