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The Rocks

brief history ...

The Rocks - restaurants
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The Rocks area was the home of the Aboriginal Cadigan people. Unfortunately the Aborigines did not use writing and not much known about the history of the place prior to the white settlement.

On 26 January 1788, The First Fleet arrived from England under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip and dropped anchor close to the present day site of The Rocks.

The Rocks
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Captain Phillip christened Sydney Cove, after Thomas Townshend, Baron Sydney (1733-1800), the English minister responsible for the colony. Later, the name dropped 'Cove' and the area became known simply as Sydney.

Today The Rocks area still preserves the architecture of old Sydney Town in spite of new additions, restaurants, hotels and other tourist facilities.

tourist information ...

The Rocks - Monument
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How to get there:
By train, bus or ferry to Circular Quay and go towards the Harbor Bridge. See map.

What to see
Visit Cadman's Cottage - Australia's oldest house, the Garrison Church - still used by the Australian Army today, the Victorian Sydney Observatory, Museum of Contemporary Art, antique shops, pubs, restaurants or... just wander around.
20 September
1830 - The Port Arthur penal settlement was established.

1999 - Australian troops commanded by Peter Cosgrove arrive in East Timor for peace keeping operations.
Australian slang
  • pink slip, get the get the sack, get fired
  • furphy false rumour
  • stubbies men's shorts
  • Ozzies nick name for Australians
  • grot dirty, untidy
  • roo bar bar at the front of a car to protect it against hitting kangaroos
  • wally a person making often mistakes
  • muster round up farm animals
  • mud map to draw maps in the dirt or in the mud
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