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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.
22 August
1770 - Captain James Cook claims the east coast of New Holland in the name of King George III, naming the site Possession Island.

1872 - The 3200 km Australian Overland Telegraph Line is completed.

1930 - The two spans of the Sydney Harbour Bridge are joined.
Australian slang
  • grog alcoholic drink
  • cat burying shit, as busy as a busy
  • op shop second hand shop
  • good nick in good condition
  • cobber friend
  • lemon bad quality, faulty product
  • ropeable very angry
  • flick it on to sell something soon after buying it
  • figjam someone who has a high opinion of themselves
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