During the 18th and 19th Centuries, the Turpentine-Ironbark Forests which covered Sydney were cut down for their valuable timber. Annandale house was constructed almost entirely of local Cedar *. The remaining local provenance vegetation succommed to farming, possibly mining clay, for pipes, domestic ware and bricks, sandstone quarries for construction, and eventually sub-division and residential development.
The Rozelle Bay Community Native Nursery, works to reintroduce Local Provenance species. Local Provenance species are those which have adapted to a particular area's climate, rainfall patterns, salt water innundation, sunlight, soil, birds, animals and insects. The purpose built nursery located in Wisdom Street Annandale, features recycled ironbark timber from the old Pyrmont Bridge, perhaps from an ironbark tree that grew in Annandale.
Drawings / Album of watercolour drawings of Australian natural history, owned by Robert Anderson Seton, ca.1800, State Library of NSW (Released for Library Hack 2011)
See also Lewin Wild Art (ca 1785-1830)