The history of Sydney, Australia dates back over 50 thousand years. There are many rock faces that have traditional art work, and there are shell middens that were left behind by Aboriginal people who lived and hunted in the area.


The Arrival of the Europeans

It is possible that early contact could have been sightings of boats that were travelling from Portugal or China. It was the arrival of James Cook during 1770 that changed the area, which eventually became Sydney, Australia.

James Cook claimed the eastern coast of Australia in 1770. Eighteen years later, Arthur Phillip took 11 ships into Port Jackson. The aim for Sydney, Australia was not to create a town but to build a prison settlement for convicts. Prisoners and solders worked to create a settlement that was ready to live in with their European skills and knowledge. The British ignored the Aboriginal people’s skill, and the fact that the local people were dying off due to the new disease the British brought with them. There were occasions where the settlement almost came to starvation. There are still signs on the early settlement, as many of the main roadways are from this settlement.


The Divide City

During the early years of Sydney, Australia, the city was divided into two areas. The eastern side of the city contained all the government buildings. The western side was where the convicts and settlers lived, and made the best they could with what they had. The settlers brought money and were looking to start new industries, which caused the end of the convict transport during 1840.


Gold, Growth, and Government

During 1842, Sydney, Australia becomes an established city. There were elections, offices, working businesses, and a free society. Once gold was found in 1851, many people moved to Sydney, Australia from all over the world. During this time, the city grew, but the building materials were scarce, so people had to improvise. Building become a better way to make money than mining for gold because you never sure that you would find gold. Many people made their fortunes during this time, and many huge parties took place, which were unimaginable just a few years before.

Rapid growth of Sydney, Australia continued, and at the end of the 19th century, Sydney, Australia had become one of the largest cities in the world. The city was home to over half a million people. Today, Sydney, Australia is still a well-known city around the world, but it is not one of the largest cities in the world anymore. The Opera House, the harbour, and the Harbour Bridge have made the city recognisable by people all around the world.


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