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

  • Sydney’s rainbow crossing – 15 April 2015

    Around this time in 2013 the business of the Rainbow Crossing on Oxford Street at Taylor Square came to a head. It followed a decision in 2012 by the City of Sydney to temporarily repaint two pedestrian crossings in Oxford Street in rainbow colours, in time for the 35th Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras [...]

  • Pedestrian crossings in Sydney – 8 April 2015

    We have two excellent articles on the Dictionary by writer and curator Megan Hicks: Reading the Roads and The Decorated Footpath. So we were thrilled to have Megan in the chair on 2SER Breakfast this morning discussing pedestrian crossings with Mitch Byatt. In the early days of the colony, streets were laid out in the [...]

  • Anzac bridge turns 20 – 1 April 2015

    This morning on 2SER Breakfast I spoke to Mitch about the history of the Anzac bridge. Next week, on 9 April, marks its 20th anniversary, and with the centenary of Anzac Day just around the corner, it is timely to celebrate this distinctive Sydney icon. Since European settlement there have been three bridges connecting Pyrmont [...]

Last updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2012