People and places
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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What was it like to live in Sydney in another age? This collection of historical stories and exhibitions cover just some of the many tales Sydneysiders have to tell about the neighbourhoods where they lived, worked and entertained themselves.
Hear about Sydney's past from the people who were there.
An overview of Sydney's growth from penal colony to city.
Take a closer look at some fascinating segments of Sydney's unique history.
These harbourside bathing sites evolved as people's demands for swimming facilities changed.
The tragic story of the Walter Burley Griffin-designed Pyrmont Incinerator, which was torn down as its neighbourhood evolved.
Signposts forged by early Sydney company P.N. Russell and Co can still be found around the City.
Sydney Town Hall sits on the site of one of the earliest European cemeteries in NSW, the Old Sydney Burial Ground.
It has been 150 years since Newtown was proclaimed a municipality.
Find out more about your local park's history.
Last updated: Wednesday, 30 October 2013