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W A L A M A
B A L L A S T P O I N T P A R K
T H E S T O R Y O F A C U L T U R A L L A N D S C A P E
W A L A M
Ballast Point
Design
Once upon a time not
so long ago...
Eora Land.
Ballast Point
A landscape made obedient to
different masters.
Ballast is any heavy material used
to balance or stabilise a ship.
Part of the land grant to William
Balmain
1852 Thomas Perkins purchases
land
1864
Thomas Perkins builds Menevia. Panorama across Balls Head to
Birchgrove c.1870-1875
1893-1916
Menevia becomes boarding house.
1922
Children, Menevia. Mort family negative
collection by John Laidley Mort.
1928
Oil company purchases the land & demolishes Menevia.
1928-2002
Process & store oil related products on site.
1926
The Lang Government acts to preserve Balls Head.
By the late 1990s, Sydney’s
economic & industrial focus shifts.
!
Industrial sites become subject to
speculative development.
The Ballast Point Rally
Balmain and Ballast Point Campaign Committee.
2002
Ballast Point is acquired by the government as public land for
construction of a park.A green gateway to Parramatta River
!
!
!
SHFA given responsibility to deliver parklands &
Caltex begin remediation
2004
Anton James Design & CAB consulting develop master
plan with community groups
2006
McGregor Coxall win tender to deliver the master plan,
design documentation & oversee construction.
Design
The site as Ballast
Menevia
Caltex
Tank 101
2008
“Stone statues of ancient waves, tongues like dingoes on
shore” - Les Murray
Ballast Point Park 2012 - McGregor Coxall
Ballast Point Park 2012 - McGregor Coxall
Ballast Point Park 2012 - McGregor Coxall
Ballast Point Park 2012 - McGregor Coxall
Ballast Point Park 2012 - McGregor Coxall
Ballast Point Park 2012 - McGregor Coxall
Ballast Point Park 2012 - McGregor Coxall
Ballast Point Park 2012 - McGregor Coxall
Ballast Point Park 2012 - McGregor Coxall
Ballast Point Park 2012 - McGregor Coxall
Ballast Point Park 2012 - McGregor Coxall
Ballast Point Park 2012 - McGregor Coxall
Ballast Point Park 2012 - McGregor Coxall
Ballast Point Park 2012 - McGregor Coxall
Ballast Point Park 2012 - McGregor Coxall
Ballast Point Park 2012 - McGregor Coxall
Ballast Point Park 2012 - McGregor Coxall
Ballast Point Park 2012 - McGregor Coxall
Ballast Point Park 2012 - McGregor Coxall
Ballast Point Park 2012 - McGregor Coxall
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Ballast Point Park 2012 - McGregor Coxall