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

  • Animals on the Dictionary of Sydney – 17 January 2018

    Inspired by yesterday’s wayward wallaby crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, today Nicole thought she’d take a look at some other animals mentioned on the Dictionary of Sydney.       One very famous animal on the Dictionary has been described as the world’s first animated celebrity. Well before Mickey Mouse came along, Felix the Cat was delighting […]

  • Sydney summer – 20 December 2017

    The Dictionary of Sydney’s summer newsletter went out to subscribers last week, with news, reviews and more. If you missed it, you can still catch up right here, and subscribe to future issues here. The past year has seen many changes to the Dictionary and we’d like to thank all of our amazing volunteers, supporters, […]

  • Zeny Edwards, A Life of Purpose: a biography of John Sulman – 19 December 2017

    Emeritus Professor David Carment launched this book at the State Library of NSW on 15 December 2017 and he has generously given us his permission to publish the text of his speech. Zeny Edwards, A Life of Purpose: a biography of John Sulman (2017) 392 pp, ISBN-13: 9780648171928, RRP: $59.95 I felt honoured when Zeny asked me to […]

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