Industrial and residential suburb on the northern shore of Botany Bay, immediately east of Sydney Airport. Originally seen as a country retreat, it saw industry flourish in the post-Second World War era.



by Mark Butler, 2011

Visited by James Cook and Joseph Banks in 1770, but rejected as a site for the colony in 1788 by Arthur Phillip, Botany remained an important source of water and a site for varied industry throughout the nineteenth century, before becoming a transport hub in the twentieth. Throughout, a close-knit community has survived.
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Botany demographics

Botany Bay, October 17 1868
Captain Cook taking possession of the Australian continent on behalf of the British crown 1770
Cooks River, Botany, October 17 1868
Sir Joseph Banks Hotel, Botany Bay 1857
Bunnerong Power Station, Botany
Lord's Mill, Botany Bay 1838
Botany Pleasure Grounds 1855
West Botany, Illawarra Railway route: large blocks of land for sale in the estate of the late John Archibald Cunningham 1881
Atlas of the Suburbs of Sydney - North Botany 1888
Atlas of the Suburbs of Sydney - Botany 1888-1888
Amusements at Botany, St Patrick's Day celebrations in Sydney 1886
St Patrick's Day at Botany 1883
Les Jones, Waynes Jones (child) and Bunda Jones in the yard at Luland Street c1962
American celebrations at Botany - bicycle feats in the dancing pavilion 5 July 1886
Drying green of the Lakeside Wool Scouring Works at Botany 1899
Cutting & bank, Sydenham - Botany rail 3 November 1916
Sketches of the Southern Sydney Sewerage System 1892
Geological sketch map of the locality of the estuarine beds, Shea's Creek Canal Sydney NSW 1896
Wool washing estate, Botany c1870