from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- A state of southeast Australia on the Tasman Sea. Settled in 1788 as a British penal colony, it is Australia's oldest state. Sydney is the capital and largest city.
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- proper noun One of the six states of
Australia, situated in the south-eastern part of the continent, with its capital at Sydney.
- proper noun historical (1770 - 1850s) The original name conferred on Australia by Captain James Cook, and used to describe the entire eastern portion of the continent.
- proper noun historical (1788 - 1901) The
colonythat was founded in 1788, which grew progressively smaller as other colonies were separated from it, and became a statein 1901.
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- noun an Australian state in southeastern Australia
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It was on Jan. 26, 1788, that the Union Jack was first raised in Sydney Cove, as a fleet of 11 convict ships were anchored to begin British colonization of the territory they called New South Wales - the eastern half of the continent.
mental_floss Blog 2009
In the Australian exhibits it is only fair to begin with New South Wales, which is the oldest British colony on the island, and may be said to be the mother of the others, as Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland have been subdivided from time to time.
We, reposing especial trust and confidence in your loyalty, courage and experience in military affairs, do, by these presents, constitute and appoint you to be Governor of our territory called New South Wales, extending from the northern cape or extremity of the coast called Cape
A Source Book of Australian History Gwendolen H. [Compiler] Swinburne
Captain Phillip had been appointed Governor of all New South Wales, that is from Cape York to Van Diemen's Land, still supposed to be part of the mainland.
He had heard of a certain vessel that would start in three days for the rising colony called New South Wales, and he almost wished that he had taken his passage in her.
Lady Anna 1874
The government of these several divisions is modelled upon that of New South Wales, which is in fact the parent colony of them all.
Foot-prints of Travel or, Journeyings in Many Lands Maturin Murray Ballou 1857
Stowaway dies after falling from truck A STOWAWAY has died after falling off the back of a truck in southern New South Wales.
Fears for boy, 7, missing in Murrumbidgee River near Wagga Wagga GRAVE fears are held for a seven-year-old boy who fell into a fast flowing river in southern New South Wales yesterday and was carried downstream.
One dead, one trapped in Hume Highway accident ONE person is dead and another is trapped after an accident which has closed the Hume Highway in southern New South Wales.
Man stabbed in stomach with kitchen knife A 19-year-old has allegedly stabbed an older man in the stomach with a kitchen knife during a domestic dispute in southern New South Wales.