brief history ...
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The English captain James Cook discovers the Eastern coast of Australia and the place we call today Sydney in 1770 and claims it for the English Crown.
The First Fleet
arrives in Sydney Australia
in 1788, under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip
, and the colonization of the new
Captain Phillip christens Sydney Cove, after Thomas Townshend, Baron Sydney (1733-1800), the English minister responsible for the colony. Later, the name drops 'Cove' and the area becomes known as Sydney.
The Commonwealth of Australia
forms in 1901.
Sydney Harbor Bridge opens to traffic in 1932.
Sydney Opera House opens its doors in 1973.
Sydney shines in the international spotlight by hosting the Olympic Games in 2000.