SYDNEY'S STORYThe story of Sydney begins in prehistoric times with the occupation of the district by Australian Aborigines, whose ancestors came to Australia between 15,000 and 45,000 years ago. 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.
In 1901, Sydney became a state capital, when New South Wales voted to join the Australian Federation. Sydney today is Australia's largest city and a major international capital of culture and finance. The city has played host to many international events, including the 2000 Summer Olympics. This is the city's story.
Sydney in its natural state
The Life and Times of Sydney's Indigenous Popular Before British Colonisation
British Exploration and Colonisation
Planning the New Colony of New South Wales
Establishment of the Penal Colony on Sydney Cove: 1788-1781