History Reference City Guide

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◉ Anniversary of the Cowra Breakout
Anniversary of the Cowra Breakout
The Cowra Prisoner of War campsite was the site of a mass breakout of over 1,100 Japanese during World War II. At 2.00am on 5th August 1944 Japanese POWs launched a mass escape. 231 Japanese lost their lives

02 6342 4333Anniversary of the Cowra Breakout
◉ Cadmans Cottage
Cadmans Cottage
110 George Street The Rocks
Built in 1816, Cadmans Cottage is one of only a handful of Sydney buildings that remain from the first 30 years of the colony. Originally built as the Coxswains Barracks, it was attached to Governor Macquari

02 9247 5033Cadmans Cottage
110 George Street
◉ Capitol Theatre
Capitol Theatre
13 Campbell St Haymarket
Sydney's beautiful historic Capitol Theatre is host to world class musicals, theatre & ballet The Capitol Theatre is located at 13 Campbell St Haymarket. Sydney's Capitol Theatre has a rich history which

Capitol Theatre
13 Campbell St
◉ Coat of Arms
Coat of Arms
The Coat of Arms in current use by the Council of the City of Sydney was adopted as a visual identification in 1996 and adapts elements of the Coat of Arms which was formally granted by the College of Arms in 1

Coat of Arms
 ◉ Customs House
Customs House, located in the citys Circular Quay area, is one of Sydneys historic landmark buildings, and has featured in the working and cultural life of the city since it was constructed in 1845. Heritage ..

◉ General Post Office (GPO)
General Post Office (GPO)
1 Martin Place Sydney
Until 1810, New South Wales had no regular postal service. On 26 June of that year the home of Isaac Nicholls was designated as the colonys first regular post office, under the order of Governor Macquarie. An 1

General Post Office (GPO)
1 Martin Place
◉ Government House
Government House
Macquarie Street Sydney
Government House was constructed between 1837 and 1845 by Edward Blore after the British government decided upon its necessity in Sydney in 1835. Its construction was supervised by Colonial Architect Mortime

02 9931 5222Government House
Macquarie Street
◉ History of Sydney
History of SydneyUse the links below to discover how Sydney was founded and its early history. The First Fleet Who was in command of the First Fleet? What was the date when they left Ports

History of Sydney
◉ History of Sydney City Council
History of Sydney City Council
In 1842 Sydney was incorporated as a city. Sydney as a settlement was established in 1788 as a convict colony ruled by British Governors. In 1823, a Legislative Council was founded but the Governor retained the

History of Sydney City Council
 ◉ Hyde Park Barracks
Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney is a place of outstanding importance for all Australians. It is one of the most significant secular buildings surviving from Australias colonial era. As the first convict bar ..

◉ Jerilderie Letter
Jerilderie Letter
The Jerilderie Letter event commemorates the 1879 raid on Jerilderie by Ned Kelly Dan Kelly Steven Hart and Joe Byrne. The raid took place between Saturday February 8th 1879 and Monday February 10 1879.

03 5886 1901Jerilderie Letter
◉ Justice and Police Museum | History
Justice and Police Museum | History
Phillip St Sydney
The Justice & Police Museum was originally the Water Police Court (1856), Water Police Station (1858) and Police Court (1886). Restored to their 1890s character, the buildings heavy blocks of sandstone, spik

02 9252 1144Justice and Police Museum | History
Phillip St
 ◉ Labour Day | Sydney 2019
➲ When: 7th of October 2019
New South Wales celebrates Labour Day with a public holiday on Monday, October 7, 2019. Labour Day has its origins in the eight hour day movement which advocated eight hours for work eight hours for recreati ..

Labour Day | Sydney 2019
 ◉ Lord Mayors of Sydney (1842-2008)
The Office of the Lord Mayor: This Office ensures that the Lord Mayor is accessible to all those with a genuine interest in the City of Sydney. The Office of the Lord Mayor liaises with constituents, ..

◉ Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
140 George Street The Rocks
The Museum of Contemporary Art is located on the Sydney Harbour foreshore at West Circular Quay. It is Australias only museum dedicated to exhibiting, interpreting and collecting contemporary art from across

131 500Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
140 George Street
◉ Old Government House
Old Government House
Parramatta Park Parramatta
The poor quality of the original Sydney Government House, as well as crime and unsanitary conditions in the growing Sydney settlement convinced successive Governors of the desirability of a rural residence.

02 9635 8149Old Government House
Parramatta Park
◉ Parliament House
Parliament House
6 Macquarie Street Sydney
Parliament House in Sydney is located on Macquarie Streets east side and consists of several buildings housing the Parliament of New South Wales. The oldest part of Parliament House was first built as the no

(+62 2) 9230 2111 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday exParliament House
6 Macquarie Street
◉ Royal Australian Historical Society
Royal Australian Historical Society
133 Macquarie Street Sydney
19th century History House at 133 Macquarie Street is the home of the Royal Australian Historical Society. The Royal Australian Historical Society is a voluntary organization founded in Sydney in 1901 to en

9247 8001Royal Australian Historical Society
133 Macquarie Street
◉ Sydney Observatory | History
Sydney Observatory | History
Watson Rd The Rocks
The Sydney Observatory was built in 1858, is Australias oldest observatory and one of the most significant sites in the nations scientific history. Recognised as an item of state significance by the New Sout

02 9921 3485Sydney Observatory | History
Watson Rd
◉ Sydney Opera House | World Heritage Site
Sydney Opera House | World Heritage Site
The Sydney Opera House was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 28 June 2007. Designed by Jrn Utzon, a Danish architect and Ove Arup & Partners, the Sydney Opera House is one of the worlds most distinctive

Sydney Opera House | World Heritage Site
 ◉ Sydney Town Hall
The Sydney Town Hall is one of Sydneys best-loved icons. For more than a century it has been the citys major public and civic building, its clock a popular landmark and the marble steps leading up to the ent ..

◉ Sydney-From Wikipedia
Sydney-From Wikipedia
Sydney (pronounced /ˈsɪdniː/) is the most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of approximately 4.28 million (2006 estimate). Sydney is the state capital of New Sout

Sydney-From Wikipedia
◉ Symbols of the City
Symbols of the City
The Symbols of the City are bestowed upon citizens for outstanding contributions to the community in their relative fields. The Symbols of the City are as follows: Key to the City The granting of the Key to t

Symbols of the City
◉ The flag of the City of Sydney
The flag of the City of Sydney
The City of Sydney Flag">The flag of the City of Sydney is flown from Sydney Town Hall. The design incorporates features from the Coat of Arms for the City of Sydney which was granted by the British College of

The flag of the City of Sydney
◉ The Great Synagogue
The Great Synagogue
166 Castlereagh Street Sydney
The Great Synagogue in Sydney, Australia was designed by non-Jewish architect Thomas Rowe and consecrated in 1878. Sporadic Jewish worship was originally led in Australia by former convict Joseph Marcus in

The Great Synagogue
166 Castlereagh Street
◉ The Mint
The Mint
10 Macquarie Street Sydney
Constructed between 1811-1816 in the former southern wing of the Sydney Hospital, the Mint was known as the Rum Hospital, built by private contractors in exchange for an exclusive license to import rum. It

The Mint
10 Macquarie Street
◉ The Old Sydney Burial Ground
The Old Sydney Burial Ground
Recent archaeological investigations associated with the Sydney Town Hall upgrade have uncovered evidence of the Old Sydney Burial Ground that was formerly on the site. The cemetery was in use from 1792 to 1820

The Old Sydney Burial Ground
◉ The Strand Arcade
The Strand Arcade
412-414 George Street Sydney
Shopping Mall Antiques & Vintage Historical Place The Strand Arcade is Sydneys home of craftsmanship and designers including Lover, Manning Cartell and Alex Perry. Like the Strand Arcade and stay on the

(02) 9265 6800 The Strand Arcade
412-414 George Street
◉ The Sydney Hospital
The Sydney Hospital
Macquarie St Sydney
The Sydney Hospital is a major hospital in Sydney, Australia, located on Macquarie Street in the Sydney central business district. It is the oldest hospital in Australia, dating back to 1788, and at its curr

The Sydney Hospital
Macquarie St
◉ Vaucluse House
Vaucluse House
Wentworth Rd Vaucluse
The historic estate of Vaucluse House is one of but a small number of 19th century harbourside estates still existent. Built in 1803, Vaucluse House was the residence of William Charles Wentworth, father of

02 9388 7922Vaucluse House
Wentworth Rd