You can find on this page the Sydney old map to print and to download in PDF. The Sydney historical map and the vintage map of Sydney present the past and evolutions of the city of Sydney in Australia.

Sydney historical map

Map of Sydney historical

The Sydney old map shows evolutions of Sydney city. This historical map of Sydney will allow you to travel in the past and in the history of Sydney in Australia. The Sydney ancient map is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.

Under instruction from the British government, a convict settlement was founded by Arthur Phillip, who arrived at the historical Botany Bay with a fleet of 11 ships on 18 January 1788. This historical site was soon determined to be unsuitable for habitation, owing to poor soil and a lack of reliable fresh water. Phillip subsequently founded the colony one inlet further up the coast, at Sydney Cove on Port Jackson on 26 January 1788 as its mentioned in Sydney historical map. However the official proclamation of the founding and naming of Sydney took place only on 7 February 1788 when he named it after the British Home Secretary, Thomas Townshend, Lord Sydney, in recognition of Sydney role in issuing the charter authorising Phillip to establish a colony. The original name was intended to be Albion until Phillip decided upon Sydney.

In April 1789, shortly after the arrival in Botany Bay of the French expedition led by La Perouse, a catastrophic epidemic disease—thought to be smallpox—spread through the Eora people and surrounding groups, with the result that local Aborigines died in their thousands, and bodies could often be seen bobbing in the water in the historical Sydney Harbour. The cause of the epidemic has always been a matter of speculation and controversy, introduction by the British being among the most likely explanations. In any event, the results were catastrophic for the Eora people and their kin and by the early 1800s the Aboriginal population of the Sydney basin "had been reduced to only 10 percent of the 1788 estimate" as you can see in Sydney historical map, or an estimated 500 to 1000 Aboriginal people between Broken Bay and Botany Bay.

By 1820 there were only a few hundred Aborigines and Governor Macquarie had begun initiatives to 'civilise, Christianise and educate' the Aborigines by removing them from their clans. Macquarie tenure as Governor of New South Wales was a historical period when Sydney was improved from its basic beginnings. Roads, bridges, wharves and public buildings were constructed by British and Irish convicts, and by 1822 the town had banks, markets, well-established thoroughfares and an organised constabulary as its shown in Sydney historical map.

Sydney vintage map

Map of Sydney antique

The Sydney vintage map give a unique insight into the history and evolution of Sydney city. This vintage map of Sydney with its antique style will allow you to travel in the past of Sydney in Australia. The Sydney vintage map is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.

The 1830s and 1840s were periods of urban development including the development of the first suburbs, as the vintage town grew rapidly when ships began arriving from Britain and Ireland with immigrants looking to start a new life in a new country as its mentioned in Sydney vintage map. On 20 July 1842 the municipal council of Sydney was incorporated and the town was declared the first city in Australia, with John Hosking the first elected mayor. The first of several Australian gold rushes started in 1851, and the port of Sydney has since seen many waves of people arriving from around the world.

Rapid suburban development began in the last quarter of the 19th century with the advent of steam-powered tramways and railways. With industrialisation vintage Sydney expanded rapidly and, by the early 20th century, it had a population of more than a million as its mentioned in Sydney vintage map. In 1929, the novelist Arthur Henry Adams called it the "Siren City of the South" and the "Athens of Australia". The Great Depression hit Sydney badly. One of the highlights of the Depression era, however, was the completion of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932.

There has traditionally been a rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne since the gold rushes of the 1850s made the capital of Victoria Australia largest and richest city. Sydney overtook Melbourne in population in the early years of the 20th century, and continues to be the largest city in Australia. During the 1970s and 1980s, Sydney CBD, with a great number of financial institutions including the headquarters of the Reserve Bank, surpassed Melbourne as the nation financial capital. Throughout the 20th century, especially in the decades immediately following World War II, vintage Sydney continued to expand as large numbers of European and later Asian immigrants took up residence in the metropolitan area as you can see in Sydney vintage map.