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Balmain is an inner city suburb of Sydney originally home...

Balmain is an inner city suburb of Sydney originally home to the Gadigal and Wangal people. Surgeon William Balmain obtained a land grant for the area in 1800 for farming purposes. The suburb’s proximity to Sydney Harbour and the establishment of Mort’s Dock and Engineering Company eventually made it a prime industrial centre for shipbuilding and engineering through the 19th century. The land was subdivided and cheap cottages for local workers were established. Many still exist today giving the area it’s distinctive character. No longer a centre for industry, the suburb has been gradually transformed in the last 50 years and is now one of Sydney’s sought after addresses. (See also the Wikipedia entry for Balmain, New South Wales).

This map is one of a group of 385 of surveyor’s plans and real estate agent’s subdivision plans for Balmain dating from the 1840s to the 1960s held by the State Library of NSW, all now fully digitised and available to view from home.