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Sydney Oral Histories

Our History Unit’s expanding oral history collection is now all in the one place. Each interview is presented in full and as an excerpt, in both sound file and full transcript formats, to allow for fully accessible browsing and research.

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Journey through the past

Sydney’s history is all around us. Discover the rich, vivid history of Sydney from early Aboriginal life through to the modern global city.

Search our collections

Search the City of Sydney's archives and curated history websites and projects.

Aboriginal history

Aboriginal peoples have always lived in this place we call Sydney. The Barani website introduces you to the places, people and history.

Urban history

Explore the way that Sydney’s urban environment has grown and supported the social and cultural life of our city.

People and places

Stories of the people, places, and organisations that make up our diverse community life.

Civic history

The City of Sydney's history as a local government authority – its functions, civic activities and contributions to public life.


Sydney's memory, the Archives department has records dating back to the beginning of the City in 1842.

Publications and products

Books, maps and online information to buy and download.

Hear the voices of Sydney people past and present

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this video may contain images or voices of people who have died.