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Sydney by decade - Maps Collection - Research guides at...

Sydney by decade - Maps Collection - Research guides at State Library of New South Wales

Watch Sydney and the greater metropolitan area change and grow over the years. The Sydney Decade by Decade tab on the Maps research guide links you to select maps from the State Library’s collection that show how Sydney and the region was discovered by the early British colonists and developed over nearly 200 years from 1770 to 1960. These maps show for example the use of the land, the development of roads, railways and tramways, water supply, urban planning, industry, disease distribution, the location of buildings land ownership and much more.

The State Library of New South Wales has thousands of maps of Sydney and the region that can reveal some surprising information about this city.