Eaten Alive By Sydney
February 9, 2010 – 2:49 am | 5 Comments

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Fascinating Sydney – 1

Submitted by on February 9, 2010 – 4:06 amOne Comment
Sydney harbours a history unlike any other Australian city. Peer through Sydney Newbie’s rose-tinted glasses at fascinating Sydney facts for newbies and visitors alike.
  • British exploring legend James Cook first laid claim to Sydney in 1770, surprising the several thousand Eora Aboriginal tribespeople whose ancestors had been living in the area for the previous 40,000 years
  • The first fleet of 11 ships, under the command of Governor Arthur Phillip, landed at Botany Bay in 1788 with 700 convicts on board. Eight days later they chose another spot – Sydney Cove on Port Jackson – because of better soil quality, more consistent fresh water and to steer clear of the airport that would be built on its shores 132 years later
  • Sydney was originally slated to be called Albion, but Governor Phillip changed the name to recognise the role of British Home Secretary Thomas Townshend (Lord Sydney) in authorising the colony
  • On 26 January 1808, 20 years to the day after Sydney was founded, the fourth Governor of New South Wales, William Bligh, was deposed in the Rum Rebellion – the only successful armed takeover of government in Australia’s history. The poor Blighter had previously suffered mutiny at sea when Fletcher Christian and crew took over the Bounty in 1879!
  • Convict transportation to New South Wales was abolished in 1840, shortly after reaching its half century
  • Gold was discovered in Bathurst in 1851, the year of the first Americas Cup yacht race and the inaugural first-class cricket match in Australia
  • Sydney is bordered by the Blue Mountains to the west, the Hawkesbury River to the north, the increasingly hungry sharks in the Tasman Sea/Pacific Ocean to the east and the Southern Highlands in the south
  • Sydney Harbour, the largest natural harbour in the world, forms approximately a quarter of the city’s boundaries. Sydney is – not surprisingly – nicknamed the Harbour City
  • Sydney has an unofficial secondary nickname, the Emerald City, after a 1987 play by David Williamson (using the Wizard of Oz as inspiration) described Sydney as “the Emerald City of Oz”. We shouldn’t tell you Williams was making a point that Sydney is where people go expecting their dreams to be fulfilled, only to end up with superficial substitutes and broken dreams!
  • 8 workers fell to their deaths while building the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which opened in 1932

Stay tuned: Fascinating Sydney Parts 2 & 3 are on their way…

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