Postcards from 100 years ago



Sydney and Country NSW


The modern history of the city began with the arrival of a First Fleet of British ships in 1788 and the foundation of a penal colony by Great Britain.

Sydney established an elected city council in 1840 and was from 1788-1900 the capital of the British colony of New South Wales. In 1901, Sydney became a state capital, when New South Wales voted to join the Australian Federation.

The site of Sydney was chosen because of a stream of water - the Tank Stream - that could supply the fledgling colony with water. The first bridge in Australia was over this stream and the site is now part of Bridge Street  





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