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New South Wales - Replica of North East?


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Guest smoggeordie

Nobby starts some good threads like. For some reason a lot of place names in Australia are the same as ones in the UK. Weird, I know.

 

There's always one who doesn't play along. :wullie:

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Wikipedia says:

 

A settlement was again attempted in 1804 as a place of secondary punishment for unruly convicts. The settlement was named Coal River and then re-named Newcastle, after England's famous coal port. The name first appeared by the commission issued by Governor King on March 15, 1804, to Lieut. Charles Menzies of the Royal Marines, appointing him superintendent of the new settlement.

 

The link with Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, its namesake and also from whence many of the 19th century coal miners came, is still obvious in some of the place-names - such as Jesmond, Hexham, Wickham and Wallsend.

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It was settled by miners of course

 

but it turned into a real dump - they built a bloody great steel works right on the waterfront but I understand that this closed and the whole place is being gentrified (as far as you can with Oztralians of course)

 

and yes you grow wine - except in Oztria where they refine it

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Guest smoggeordie

Didn't some folk from the North East build Sydney Harbor Bridge?

 

Same squires that build the Tyne Bridge. Some firm from Stockton IIRC.

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Didn't some folk from the North East build Sydney Harbor Bridge?

 

Same squires that build the Tyne Bridge. Some firm from Stockton IIRC.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/pet/images/wallpaper/series_generic_1024.jpg

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Didn't some folk from the North East build Sydney Harbor Bridge?

 

Same squires that build the Tyne Bridge. Some firm from Stockton IIRC.

 

IIRC the story that the Harbour Bridge is a "copy " of teh Tyne bridge is an error

 

The Harbour Bridge was started before the Tyne Bridge and its not  the same design - look at the ends of the Arch  for example

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Both built by the same company, I think, to similar but different designs. It isn't a copy though and both bridges were built at roughly the same time. It's bliddy massive too.

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