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 Art of the Scott Sisters – 26 April 2017

    A few weeks ago Nicole talked about The Australian Museum which is 190 years old this year. An exhibition highlighting the work of two of the most prominent natural history illustrators in 19th century Australia is part of the Museum’s anniversary celebrations. The artists’ names? Harriet and Helena Scott.   The two talented sisters are featured in an […]

  • David Stephens and Alison Broinowski (eds) The Honest History Book – 24 April 2017

    David Stephens and Alison Broinowski (eds) The Honest History Book, NewSouth Publishing, 2017, pp1-344, ISBN 9781742235264 (paperback) ‘Australia is more than Anzac – and always has been.’[1] The Honest History Book, recently published by NewSouth, is a compelling, at times confronting and yet convincing collection of essays by some of Australia’s leading writers and historians. The […]

  • Louis Nowra, Woolloomooloo, A Biography, – 13 April 2017

    Louis Nowra, Woolloomooloo, A Biography New South Publishing, University of New South Wales, 2017, pp1-334, ISBN 9781742234953 (paperback) Local histories of suburbs or villages can be yawningly dull and somewhat parochial. What is of interest and deep meaning to the writer is often of unremarkable and seemingly everyday ordinariness to the non-local reader. Louis Nowra’s […]

Last updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2012