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It was not until 1788 when the First Fleet, which contained convicts and was led by Captain Arthur Phillip, arrived in Botany Bay to found Sydney as a penal colony, the first European settlement in Australia.

Since convict transportation ended in the mid-19th century, the city has transformed from a colonial outpost into a major global cultural and economic centre.

Lieutenant William Dawes produced a town plan in 1790 but it was ignored by the colony's leaders.

Sydney's layout today reflects this lack of planning.

Under the reign of Queen Victoria federation of the six colonies occurred on 1 January 1901.

Sydney, with a population of 481,000, then became the state capital of New South Wales.

Man-made attractions such as Sydney Tower, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the Sydney Opera House (which became a World Heritage Site in 2007 The first people to inhabit the area now known as Sydney were indigenous Australians having migrated from northern Australia and before that from southeast Asia.

The official proclamation and naming of the colony happened on 7 February 1788.

Located on Australia's east coast, the metropolis surrounds the world's largest natural harbour and sprawls about 70 km (43.5 mi) on its periphery towards the Blue Mountains to the west, Hawkesbury to the north and Macarthur to the south.

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