Timeline of Sydney

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The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Sydney , New South Wales, Australia.



Sydney Cove, Port Jackson, 1792 View of Sydney Cove 1792.jpg
Sydney Cove, Port Jackson, 1792

18th–19th centuries

Government House, 1819 Lycett - Government House, Sydney 1819.jpg
Government House, 1819

20th century


King Street, circa 1900 Electric trams, King Street, Sydney, 1900.jpg
King Street, circa 1900
Sydney Harbour Bridge Sydney (AU), Harbour Bridge -- 2019 -- 2179.jpg
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Aerial view of Sydney, 1932 Sydney 1932.jpg
Aerial view of Sydney, 1932
Martin Place in 1939, prior to pedestrianisation Martin Place; Commonwealth Bank, Hotel Australia, between 1933-1939 - photographer Hall & Co. (7946924568).jpg
Martin Place in 1939, prior to pedestrianisation


Sydney hosts the 2000 Summer Olympics. Sunset before 2000 Summer Olympics closing ceremony.JPEG
Sydney hosts the 2000 Summer Olympics.

21st century



A Sydney Metro train Sydney Metro Kellyville Sunset1.jpg
A Sydney Metro train

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