Balmain, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Spectacle (right) and Snapper Islands in Sydney's Parramatta River, next to the suburb of Drummoyne. Spectacle Island is named for its original shape - two small islands connected by a narrow isthmus; the origin of the name 'Snapper Island' is unknown.
Spectacle Island's current formation - a large square - is from the addition of waste from the nearby Balmain Colliery; added gradually once the island was declared a storage site in 1865.
Snapper Island has also been altered significantly by reclamation, and is now 7 times its original size. In 1930 it was used as a training depot for Sea Cadets, and reshaped to resemble a ship.
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