A council's story
In 1842 Sydney was incorporated as a city, a little over half a century after Europeans first arrived in Australia. The oldest municipality in Australia is Adelaide, created in 1840, just four years after the settlement of South Australia.
Since its establishment, the City of Sydney has grown and contracted as State governments redraw boundaries, often to the advantage of the governing party. It has had powers taken from it and acquired new responsibilties. Councillors first met in pubs and other buildings around town, now they meet in one of Sydney's most recognisable buildings.
Last updated: Monday, 29 April 2013