George Street, Sydney

Excerpt from an article titled Sydney and Principal Towns, by Frank J. Donohue – published in “New South Wales: the mother colony of the Australias” (1896):

The history of the growth of Sydney has been plainly written in its ground-plan and in the direction of its streets. Here, again, we get something of that distinctively old-world look which has struck so many travelled observers as characteristic of this metropolis. It grew up from year to year as settlement progressed, without much fore-thought, and certainly without much deliberate plan. In the old charts and views the outline of what is now George-street and the main artery of the city may be traced as a winding bullock-track, starting from the vicinity of Dawes Point or of what was once the King’s Stores, and pursuing its sinuous way round obstacles and past certain fixed points without any regard whatever to mathematical directness. These general characteristics the great thoroughfare still preserves, though its course is now marked by great buildings and the most valuable business frontages in this part of the world.

Provenance: “New South Wales: the mother colony of the Australias“. Frank Hutchinson, Edited by F. Hutchinson.
Author: Frank Hutchinson
Date of Publication: 1896
Publisher: C. Potter
Place of Publishing: Sydney
Copyright status: Out of copyright
Courtesy: The British Library

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