NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
8th July, 1904 : Electric power filled Sydney’s streets with light in a trial this evening. Street lighting has been connected to the recently built power station at Pyrmont, and will be regulated by the Supply Authority, which was set up in 1902 under the 1896 Electric Lighting Act. It is not the first time Sydney has seen electric street lighting. Five small firms have operated in the city before now and part of King Street was electrically lighted in 1892. However, the Sydney city council turned down the chance to become the first Australasian city with full electric street lighting, leaving the honour to the New South Wales country centre of Young in 1888.
[If the Greens dominated Sydney council gets its way, 110 years later Sydney will be the first city without electric lights, proudly saving the planet for the dark age]