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The City of Sydney [a bird's-eye view] [cartographic material] 1888

By MS Hill

Although the tradition of drawing maps from birds-eye or oblique perspectives dates back to the Renaissance, their popularity flourished in the 19th century. This example, created to mark the centenary of the arrival of the First Fleet, portrays Sydney as a bustling harbour city. While some buildings featured still stand today, such as Customs House the General Post Office, most have long been demolished. For example, Fort Macquarie which stood at Bennelong Point, is now the site of the Sydney Opera House.

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