New South Wales, Australia
Australia facts &
history in brief
Sydney is the capital of
New South Wales, the oldest and largest
city and chief port of Australia.
Population is over 3 million.
after Thomas Townsend,
Lord Sydney (1733-1800)
who established a penal
settlement in New South Wales.
A convict settlement, originally in
Botany Bay, was located at Sydney Cove.
By 1820 the convict settlement
had given way to a small Regency city.
Sydney and its beaches, like
Bondi, attract large numbers of Holidaymakers
Since World War II, there
has been a considerable influx of new
residents from Europe and Southeast
The city is a major cultural
centre with three universities,
theatres, opera house, museums, and
It is also Australia's
centre with shipyards,
oil refineries, automobile,
plants, and textiles.
It's chief landmarks
are the Sydney Tower,
the Harbour Bridge, and the
distinctive and famous Opera House.
I've enjoyed my stay in Sydney very much.
I also enjoyed its railway system,
part of it is under ground
in and around downtown.
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