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An inlet of the Tasman Sea in southeast Australia south of Sydney. It was visited by Capt. James Cook in 1770 and named by Sir Joseph Banks, the botanist in his crew, for the exotic flora found on its shores. The first British penal colony in Australia was established here briefly in 1788 before relocating to present-day Sydney.
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1. (Placename) an inlet of the Tasman Sea, on the SE coast of Australia: surrounded by the suburbs of Sydney
2. (Placename) (in the 19th century) a British penal settlement that was in fact at Port Jackson, New South Wales
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a bay on the SE coast of Australia, near Sydney.
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