Dictionary of Sydney

Dictionary of Sydney

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If it happened in Sydney, it belongs in the city’s online historical dictionary.

Put together as a collaborative not-for-profit venture in digital public history, it’s an ever-growing resource you can trust. Universities, cultural institutions, historical societies and historians, including the City’s History Unit, are all contributing to this amazing resource.

The site details the history of the entire Sydney metropolitan area, not just areas covered by the City. More than 700 suburbs are covered, with each entry complete with demographic information and precise boundary maps.

Information is presented using images, film, sound and historical essays. Users are welcome to add feedback or suggest information for the site.

The Dictionary of Sydney is our city’s history, online and connected.


Dictionary of Sydney

From the blog

  • The Sydney Harbour Bridge turns 85! – 22 March 2017

    Last Sunday was the 85th anniversary of the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. ‘The Coathanger’ has been a source of inspiration for Sydneysiders since construction began in the 1920s. Let’s take a look at its history on the Dictionary of Sydney! The Sydney Harbour Bridge was built to join the north and south sides of the Harbour […]

  • Kick up your heels on St Patrick’s Day with the Dictionary of Sydney – 17 March 2017

    A few years ago the Dictionary of Sydney worked with the Consulate General of Ireland in Sydney to produce a fantastic suite of entries on the impact of the Irish community on Sydney’s history, and a free walking tour about the Irish in the the city which is you can download onto your mobile device via […]

  • Sydney’s gas history – 14 March 2017

    Energy supply and gas has been in the news a lot lately, so I thought it would be timely to take a look at Sydney’s gas history. The first gas street lights in Sydney were lit on 25 May, 1841, along with illuminations to mark Queen Victoria’s birthday. The Sydney Herald the next day was delighted: ‘We have at […]

Last updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2012