Sydney in History

New South Wales: Newcastle

Historical Events

  • 1788-01-26 Captain Arthur Phillip and British colonists hoist the Union Flag at Sydney Cove, New South Wales, now celebrated as Australia Day
  • 1813-05-11 In Australia, William Lawson, Gregory Blaxland and William Wentworth, lead an expedition westwards from Sydney. Their route opens up inland Australia for continued expansion throughout the 19th century.

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1835-12-30 HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin sails from NZ to Sydney

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin

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1846-03-25 German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt arrives in Sydney to a hero's welcome after completing his exploration of Australia's Northern Territory

Explorer and Naturalist Ludwig Leichhardt
Explorer and Naturalist
Ludwig Leichhardt
  • 1852-10-11 The University of Sydney, Australia's oldest university, is inaugurated in Sydney.
  • 1857-01-15 1st first-class game in Sydney, NSW v Vic at The Domain
  • 1874-09-01 Sydney General Post Office opens in Australia
  • 1879-09-23 Baldwin steam motors tram 1st tried in Sydney Australia
  • 1879-09-28 Sydney Australia inaugurates steam motor tram route
  • 1882-02-17 1st Test Cricket match played at Sydney Cricket Ground
  • 1883-01-30 England team presented with ashes of a bail after Sydney Test
  • 1899-02-02 The Australian Premiers' Conference held in Melbourne decides to locate Australia's capital (Canberra) between Sydney and Melbourne.
  • 1903-08-15 New Zealand's All Blacks play their first Rugby Test Match against Australia's Wallabies at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney; New Zealand win 22-3
  • 1905-09-05 50 prominent men meet in Sydney's Australia Hotel to found the National Defense League fueled by fear of Japan after it's victory over Russia
  • 1908-08-20 America's Great White Fleet arrives in Sydney, Australia, to be greeted with a tremendous welcome; 221 American sailors desert to remain in Australia
  • 1909-08-01 British SS Waratah disappears on Sydney to London, 300 killed
  • 1909-11-30 9th Davis Cup: Australasia beats USA in Sydney (5-0)
  • 1918-11-10 Western Union Cable Office in North Sydney, Nova Scotia receives a top-secret coded message from Europe stating on November 11, 1918 all fighting would cease on land, sea and in the air
  • 1920-01-21 14th Davis Cup: Australasia beats Great Britain in Sydney (4-1)
  • 1920-10-30 The Communist Party of Australia is founded in Sydney.
  • 1932-03-19 The Sydney Harbour Bridge is opened.
  • 1938-02-05 3rd British Empire Games open in Sydney, Australia
  • 1938-02-12 3rd British Empire Games close in Sydney, Australia
  • 1939-01-01 Sydney, Australia, swelters in 45 ˚C (113 ˚F) heat, a record for the city.
  • 1951-12-27 40th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Sydney (3-2)
  • 1954-12-28 43rd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Sydney (3-2)
  • 1960-12-28 49th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Sydney (4-1)
  • 1964-04-03 Beatles hold top 6 spots on Sydney Australia record charts
  • 1965-12-29 54th Davis Cup: Australia beats Spain in Sydney (4-1)

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1973-10-20 Queen Elizabeth II opens Sydney Opera House

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1975-01-19 Triple J begins broadcasting in Sydney, Australia.
  • 1976-12-13 Longest non-stop passenger airflight (Sydney to SF 13h14m)
  • 1977-01-18 Australia's worst rail disaster occurs in Sydney, killing 83 people
  • 1977-12-04 66th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Sydney (3-1)
  • 1987-11-27 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre Royal, Sydney
  • 1988-01-26 Australian 200th anniversary parade of tall ships in Sydney Harbour
  • 1988-02-02 David Boon's 6th Test Cricket century, 184* v England at Sydney
  • 1988-06-05 Kay Cottee sails into Sydney as 1st woman to circle globe alone
  • 1989-01-26 Test debut of Mark Taylor, Australia v West Indies, Sydney
  • 1990-07-01 1st Zen winter session in Sydney Zen Center's Gorrick's Run Zendo
  • 1992-01-02 Test debut of Shane Warne, v India at Sydney
  • 1992-01-03 Boon completes 11 Test Cricket century, 129* v India at Sydney
  • 1993-10-06 Sydney Australia Stock Market index above 2000, for 1st time
  • 1994-01-07 South Africa beat Australia in the Sydney Test by 5 runs
  • 1995-10-03 1st 1st-class match at Hurstville Oval, Sydney (NSW v W Prov)

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1997-01-11 Martina Hingis beats Jennifer Capriati at Sydney Tennis Intl

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • 1999-04-14 A severe hailstorm strikes Sydney, Australia causing A$1.7 billion in insured damages, the most costly natural disaster in Australian history.
  • 2000-09-15 27th Olympic Games opens at Sydney, Australia
  • 2000-10-01 Juan Antonio Samaranch, the chairman of the IOC declares the XXVII Olympics in Sydney the "best Olympic Games ever"
  • 2000-10-01 United States wins the most medals (97), and the most gold medals (40) in Summer Olympics held in Sydney, Australia
  • 2000-10-01 27th Olympic Games closes at Sydney, Australia
  • 2003-11-22 5th Rugby World Cup: England beats Australia 20-17 at Sydney
  • 2005-12-11 Cronulla riots: thousands of white Australians demonstrate against ethnic violence, resulting in a riot against anyone thought to be Lebanese (and many who were not) in Cronulla Sydney. These are followed by ethnic attacks on Cronulla.
  • 2006-01-01 Sydney, Australia swelters through its hottest New Years Day on record. The thermometre peaked at 45 degrees celsius, sparking bushfires and power outages.
  • 2007-03-31 In Sydney, Australia, 2.2 million people take part in the first Earth Hour.

Film release premierFilm Premier

2007-06-12 "Transformers", directed by Michael Bay and starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox premieres in Sydney

Actor Shia LaBeouf
Actor
Shia LaBeouf
Actress Megan Fox
Actress
Megan Fox
  • 2007-10-25 The first Airbus A380 passenger flight, operating for Singapore Airlines, with flight number SQ 380, flying scheduled service between Singapore and Sydney, Australia.

Film release premierFilm Premier

2011-04-17 "Thor", directed by Kenneth Branagh, starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, premieres in Sydney, Australia

  • 2013-04-23 "Star Trek Into Darkness" directed by J. J. Abrams starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto premieres in Sydney
  • 2014-09-27 Hawthorn Football Club defeats the Sydney Swans in the 2014 AFL Grand Final 137-74
  • 2014-10-05 South Sydney Rabbitohs win the 2014 NRL Grand Final
  • 2014-11-01 Western Sydney Wanderers win the AFC Champions League
  • 2015-05-17 Melbourne Victory FC defeats Sydney FC to win the Australian A-League

Famous Birthdays


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1853-09-09 Fred Spofforth, Australian cricketer known as "The Demon Bowler" (18 tests with 94 wickets at an average of 18.41), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1926)

Cricketer Fred Spofforth
Cricketer
Fred Spofforth
  • 1883-12-03 Tibby Cotter, Australian cricketer and fast bowler (49 wickets for Australia) and member of the 12th Regiment who captured Beersheba in the world's last successful cavalry charge, born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1917)
  • 1888-07-06 Annette Kellerman, Australian swimmer (Million Dollar Mermaid), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1890-07-28 Marie Lohr, Australian actress (Pygmalion, Small Hotel), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1893-04-01 Cicely Courtneidge, Australian actress (Double Exposure), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1893-08-23 Roy Agnew, Australian composer (Sonata Ballade), born in Sydney (d. 1944)
  • 1893-09-18 Arthur Benjamin, Australian composer (Jamaican Rumba), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1895-09-29 Louise Granville, Australian entertainer, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1898-12-01 Cyril Ritchard, Australian actor (Peter Pan, Hans Brinker), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1904-02-10 John Farrow, Australian director/actor (Botany Bay, Wake Island), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1904-04-08 John Antill, Australian composer (Corroboree), born in Sydney (d. 1986)
  • 1909-01-29 Alan Marshal, Australian actor (White Cliffs of Dover, Lydia), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1918-04-09 Jorn Utzon, Danish architect (Sydney Opera House)
  • 1918-10-08 Ron Randell, Australian actor (Loves of Carmen, I am a Camera), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1920-03-16 Leo McKern, Australian actor (Blue Lagoon, Help, Mouse that Roared), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1921-05-28 Tom Uren, Australian politician, Australian heritage and conservation campaigner, born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2015)
  • 1922-01-19 Arthur Morris, Australian cricketer (great lefty opening batsman), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2015)
  • 1923-08-04 Reg Grundy, Australian media and television mogul (Neighbours, Prisoner), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2016)
  • 1926-11-07 Joan Sutherland, Australian operatic soprano (Met Opera), born in Sydney, New South Wales

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1930-01-11 Rod Taylor, Australian actor (The Birds, Time Machine), born in Sydney, New South Wales

Actor Rod Taylor
Actor
Rod Taylor
  • 1930-09-29 Richard Bonynge, Australian conductor (Aust Orch Sydney-1976), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1931-01-30 Shirley Hazzard, Australian-born author (Transit of Venus), born in Sydney (d. 2016)
  • 1932-08-24 Richard Graham Meale, Australian composer, born in Sydney
  • 1934-03-08 Ron Taylor, Australian cinematographer (Those Amazing Animals), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2012)

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1934-11-02 Ken Rosewall, Australian tennis star (US Open 1956), born in Sydney, New South Wales

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall

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1934-11-23 Lewis Alan "Lew" Hoad, Australian tennis star (Wimbledon 1953, 56), born in Sydney, New South Wales

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad
  • 1935-09-28 Bruce Crampton, Australian PGA golfer (1961 Milwaukee Open), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1938-07-28 Robert Hughes, Australian art critic and writer (Barcelona), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2012)
  • 1940-08-31 Jack Thompson [John Payne], Australian actor (Breaker Morant, The Man from Snowy River), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1943-08-07 Lana Cantrell, Australian singer (Those Were the Days), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1944-06-30 Glenn Shorrock, Australian rock vocalist (Little River Band), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1944-08-21 Peter Weir, Australian director/writer (Witness, Dead Poets Society), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1945-06-12 Terry Anderson, American rapid fire pistol shooter (Olympic-80, 96), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1946-04-10 Anne Boyd, Australian composer, born in Sydney
  • 1947-06-23 Bryan Brown, actor (F/X, Gorillas in the Mist, Kim, Tai-Pan), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1949-12-14 Cliff Williams, Australian rock bassist (AC/DC-Highway to Hell), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1951-05-18 Rodger Davis, Australian golfer, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1951-12-22 Jan Stephenson, Australian golfer (LPGA Rookie of Year-1974), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1953-01-29 Lynne McGranger, Australian actress (Home and Away), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1953-05-24 Nell Campbell, [Laura], Australian actress (Rocky Horror), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1954-10-24 Malcolm Turnbull, Australian politician, Prime Minister (2015-), born in Sydney
  • 1957-06-22 Garry Beers, Australian rocker (Inxs-Kiss the Dirt), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1958-07-04 Kirk Pengilly, Australian rocker (Inxs-Kiss the Dirt), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1959-01-08 Michael Harwood, Australian golfer, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1959-10-07 Penny Graeber, Australian golfer (1990 6th Vic Open), born in Sydney, New South Wales

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1960-01-22 Michael Hutchence, Australian rock vocalist/actor (INXS, Dogs in Space), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1997)

INXS rocker Michael Hutchence
INXS rocker
Michael Hutchence
  • 1961-10-24 Russell Swanson, Australian golfer, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1962-03-13 Liane Tooth, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1962-09-17 Wayne Riley, Australian golfer, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1962-11-01 Robert Willis, Australian golfer, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1963-02-04 Jane Leary, Australian golfer (1992 Australian Amateur Champ), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1964-03-22 Jeffrey Wagner, Australian golfer, born in Sydney, New South Wales

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1964-03-29 Elle MacPherson, Austrailian supermodel and actress (Sirens), born in Sydney, New South Wales

Supermodel Elle MacPherson
Supermodel
Elle MacPherson
  • 1964-08-01 Andrew Wilson, Australian canoeist (Olympics-16-92, 96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1965-07-04 Shelley Oates, Australian canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1965-10-18 Fayette Purser, Australian golfer (NSW State Rep 1987-88), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1965-11-28 David Ecob, Australian golfer, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1967-12-28 Paul Lynch, Australian canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1968-04-14 Andrew Trim, Australian canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1968-07-27 Julian McMahon, Australian actor (Nip/Tuck, Profiler), born in Sydney, New South Wales

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1968-10-12 Hugh Jackman, Australian actor and singer (X-men, Real Steel), born in Sydney, Australia

  • 1968-12-16 Wendy Doolan, Australian LPGA golfer (1991 British Amat Champ-2nd), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1969-01-31 Mathew Pallister, Australian canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1969-10-04 Lucas Parsons, Australian golfer, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1969-12-18 Joanne Mills, Australian golfer (T25 Holden 1994 Women's Aust Open), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1970-03-03 Kristine Radford, Australian tennis star (1996 ITF/Lyneham), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1970-07-08 Lisa Powell, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1970-10-07 Daniel Collins, Australian canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1971-03-26 Rennae Stubbs, Australian tennis star, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1971-04-02 Todd Woodbridge, Australian tennis star ('95 doubles Wimbledon), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1971-06-13 Broderick nonuplets, Sydney Australia
  • 1971-08-12 Jim Walker, Australian canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1972-11-08 Chris Fydler, Australian swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1973-05-29 Emma Johnson, Australian swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1973-06-21 Alyson Annan, Australian field hockey midfielder (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1975-02-21 Scott Miller, Australian swimmer (Olympics-silver-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1975-12-03 Nadine Neumann, Australian swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1976-02-02 Steven Dewick, Australian swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1976-05-17 Anna Windsor, Australian swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1976-10-24 Yanda Nossiter, Australian canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1977-01-06 Stacey Gartrell, Australian swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1977-05-06 Trent Steed, Australian swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1977-05-24 Kym Valentine Australian actress (Neighbours), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1979-06-28 Jimmy Spithill, Australian sailor (America's Cup winning helmsman 2010, 2013), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1980-03-02 Rebel Wilson, Australian actress and producer (Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1986-06-29 Iya Villania [Raelene Villania-Arellano], Australian actress and presenter, born in Sydney, Australia

Famous Weddings


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1932-04-30 Cricketer Donald Bradman (23) weds Jessie Martha Menzies at St Paul's Anglican Church in Burwood, Sydney

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

HeartWedding of Interest

1953-01-15 Cricketer Richie Benaud (22) weds Marcia Lavender at the Wesley Church in Sydney, Australia

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud

HeartWedding of Interest

1984-02-14 Singer Elton John marries Renate Blauel in Sydney Australia

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John

HeartWedding of Interest

1996-11-14 King of Pop Michael Jackson (38) weds Debbie Rowe (38) in Sydney, Australia

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 2003-01-01 "Lord of The Rings" actress Miranda Otto (35) weds actor Peter O'Brien (44) at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia
  • 2003-01-11 "The Sixth Sense" actress-singer Toni Collette (30) weds musician Dave Galafassi in a Buddhist ceremony near Sydney, Australia
  • 2005-07-21 Tennis star player Lleyton Hewitt (24) weds "Home and Away" TV actress Bec Cartwright (22) at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia
  • 2005-08-20 "24" actress Sarah Wynter (32) weds "Details" magazine editor-in-chief Dan Peres in Sydney, Australia
  • 2006-01-28 London Broncos rugby football player Craig Gower (27) weds TV personality and model Amanda Flynn (24) in Sydney, Australia

Famous Deaths

  • 1994-03-08 John Ewart, Sydney Australia, dies of cancer at 55