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

  • Colonial neighbours: Reynolds’ cottages – 25 August 2016

    Did you know there are three cottages side by side on Harrington Street in The Rocks which have survived for 187 years! Writer and historian, Melissa Holmes, has researched extensively about Reynolds’ cottages and their previous inhabitants for the Dictionary of Sydney. In the lead up to the History Council of NSW’s History Week 2016: Neighbours, let’s […]

  • The Bubonic Plague in Sydney – 17 August 2016

    Have you been struck down by the lurgy this winter?  Lisa’s been looking for a silver lining from her sick bed, and has been giving thanks that no matter how bad she’s been feeling, at least it’s not the bubonic plague! This morning she & Nic had a look at the effects of the bubonic plague that hit […]

  • Ostrich farming in Sydney – 3 August 2016

    Did you know there was an ostrich farm at Sydney’s South Head from 1889 until the early 1920s? In addition to providing the highly sought after commodity of ostrich feathers for the discerning fashionable lady, the farm became a popular tourist attraction run by the enterprising Joseph Barracluff and his wife, Jane. I spoke to Nic […]

Last updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2012