The smallest continent in the world, Australia is also the sixth largest country. Located on the eastern side of Australia is the city of Sydney that is built near one of the most beautiful harbors of the world. It is the capital and commercial hub of the Australian State of New South Wales and the 2000 Olympics was held there. On the shores of the Pacific Ocean, the beautiful beaches of Sydney are located from the north to the south of the city. These beaches are related to the lives of the people in every way and are a great source of entertainment for them. The beautiful Blue Mountains are at a distance of 90 min from the city. There are several national parks and protected areas of bush lands covering the country.
The city is located in the coastal region and is often frequented by tourists’ from all over the world. The city of Sydney was founded in the year 1788 and by the year 1840, the city had a population of 50,000. Gradually people from nearby regions came to settle in this new-found country and hence the strength of population went up to 100,000 by the middle of 1860. Around the year 1850, there was an increase in population by about 10% on an annual basis. The second part of the 19th century faced a more varied growth rate. In the middle of 1850, the people were more attracted towards the gold fields of Australia and hence the increase in population was not much. Towards the end of the century, there were 500,000 inhabitants in Sydney ,and it converted to almost 1 million in the beginning of 1920. The increasing population turned to three million by 1990. This city has one of the lowest population densities in the world. Today Sydney has a population of almost four million and covers an area of about 1120 square kilometers.
The increase in population in the 20th century was mainly affected by economic and political factors. The country was affected by World War II and took measures to attract workers from other countries to come to Australia to develop the country economically. The birth rates had decreased in the later half of the 20th century, and thus immigration was a necessary aspect of this country. After World War II, people from the United Kingdom and Ireland mainly immigrated to Sydney. Gradually, the different religious groups have also variegated the immigration of the people to this city. Sydney has almost 30,000 Aboriginal Australians who were the ancestral dwellers of the city (source).
Religion in Sydney
The city of Sydney hosts residents belonging to almost all ethnicities and religions. There is complete freedom of religion in Australia. Most of the world religions are represented in Sydney and have their own places of worship. The majority of Australians are Christian, the three largest denominations being Anglican, Roman Catholic, and Uniting Church. Smaller Christian denominations include Lutheran, Jehovah’s Witness, Seventh Day Adventist, and Baptist. Other major religions with a great many adherents in Australia include Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism (source).
Would you pray that God would send more laborers to this city and country to lift His name high?