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

When the prospect of a shift to Sydney is raised, the doomsayers often rise as well. And they’re nasty! The manner of one’s demise is always different, but the result is always the same – …

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Fascinating Sydney – 2

Submitted by on February 9, 2010 – 4:08 am195 Comments

Sydney Newbie delves further into his frivilous but fascinating fact file to reveal that a Big Day Out was had by the late Michael Jackson in 1996, John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John in 2000 and all Aboriginals in 1962.

  • The Sydney Opera House, opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1973, has more than one million roof tiles
  • The 305m Sydney Tower, opened to the public in 1981, has 1504 stairs to the observation deck
  • Some 4.4 million people live in the Sydney region and 2.6 million visit annually
  • Inner Sydney is the most densely populated part of Australia, with 4,023 persons per square kilometre, compared to the country average of 2 people per square km – the world’s lowest population density
  • A Sydney resident, Newbie or not, is called a Sydneysider, not a Sydneyite, Sydneyer, Sydneyian or Sydneywidneywoowoo
  • Newbies abound because Sydney has the seventh largest percentage of foreign-born residents in the world, even more than London and way more than Kabul
  • Almost a third of Sydneysiders were born overseas, most hailing from the United Kingdom, China and New Zealand…with a swag of immigrants also arriving from Vietnam, Pakistan, Lebanon, Italy and India
  • Smith sits atop the list of the 20 most common Sydney surnames, followed by Lee and popular Vietnamese surname Nguyen. Also in the top echelon are Chen, Li, Wang, Zhang and Chan (all Chinese), plus Singh (Indian) and Kim (Korean). Knocked out of the top 20 in 2009 were Thompson, Anderson, Thomas, Walker and Ryan. King was also dethroned.
  • 30% of Sydneysiders speak a foreign language (not counting the Nu Zulundas who speak a quaint form of English)
  • Incidentally, New Zealand’s indigenous people, the Maori, were eligible to vote in Australian Federal elections from 1902, a whopping 60 years before the ‘honour’ was accorded to all Aboriginals!
  • 3 Sydney restaurants are rated in the world’s Top 100 – Tetsuya (17th), Quay (46th) and Pier (94th)
  • Sydney is located 33 degrees 55’ south of the equator, sharing a similar latitude to Buenos Aires and Cape Town in the Southern Hemisphere and Los Angeles in the north
  • The late Michael Jackson married Debbie Rowe in Sydney back in 1996…in a suite at the Sheraton on the Park
  • Sydney’s annual average of sunshine is almost seven hours a day. The average temperature is a balmy 22℃ in summer and almost 14℃ in winter with a healthy average annual rainfall of around 1220 millimetres (twice as much as Cape Town and four times more than Los Angeles)
  • Urban Sydney is formally divided into 642 suburbs and administered as 38 local government areas with the Lord Mayor as a figurehead
  • Sydney was the birthplace for the Big Day Out music festival in 1992, with the Violent Femmes the headline act and a supergroup in waiting - Nirvana – among the performers
  • Sydney hosted “the best Olympic Games ever” in 2000 – not least because John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John performed a duet “Dare To Dream” at the opening ceremony

Stay tuned: Fascinating Sydney – 3 is on its way…

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