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

  • Bodgies and African American Influences in Sydney – 18 November 2015

    Ever heard of the term bodgie? What about widgie? When we think of great social change, people often cite the 1960s as a decade of transformation. But toward the end of World War II in the 1940s, a subculture emerged among Sydney’s youth – they called themselves bodgies and widgies and drew their inspiration from […]

  • Grace Bros and the Roselands Shopping Centre – 11 November 2015

    You might have heard that Roselands shopping centre turned 50 years old earlier in the week. It was a game changer in suburban shopping in the 1960s: a fully undercover shopping centre built for Grace Bros with 80 specialty shops, 10 acres (4 hectares) of shopping space and room for 3,000 parking spots. Although not […]

  • Flashback to Sydney’s original trams – 4 November 2015

    There’s been a lot of talk lately about the new light rail project and the disruption being caused by the closure of George Street. In a case of history repeating itself, Sydney’s seen it all happen before from when the first line for horse-drawn trams opened in 1861 to the electric tramways of the late […]

Last updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2012