Video: new animated map shows how Sydney grew over 250 years


18 August 2020
Watch Sydney grow from its earliest years as settlers arrived in 1788, through to the present day.

It's been less than 250 years since the First Fleet of 1,485 settlers arrived in New South Wales on January 26, 1788.

In that relatively short time, Sydney has developed into one of the world's largest, most cosmopolitan cities, with a population of over 5 million and a unique mix of Aboriginal, British, Asian, and European cultural influences.

To get a better understanding of how Sydney became the metropolis it is today, Budget Direct analysed maps from the National Library of Australia and other sources from 1770-2020.

In its relatively short history, Sydney experienced near starvation, rebellion attempts, a gold rush, trade booms, the Great Depression, two world wars, and hosted the Summer Olympics.

The maps from the study depict the major infrastructural, architectural, and demographic developments that resulted from these dynamic periods in Sydney’s rich history. Additionally, some of the older maps were chosen for their historical significance and the important role they played in the early settlement of the city.

Video provided courtesy of Budget Direct.