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

  • Jill Roe, Miles Franklin: A Short Biography – 19 April 2018

    Jill Roe, Miles Franklin: A Short Biography HarperCollins Australia (Fourth Estate), 417 pp., ISBN: 9781460755792, p/bk, AUS$32.99   The first edition of the late Jill Roe’s award-winning work Stella Miles Franklin: A Biography was published in 2008. A decade later, a new edition has been produced: Miles Franklin: A Short Biography (2018). The new edition […]

  • International Day for Monuments and Sites – 18 April 2018

    Today, April 18, is International Day for Monuments and Sites, a time when people around the world celebrate historical, spiritual , and cultural heritage. It’s been going since 1983, run by an international organisation called ICOMOS, promoting the conservation, promotion and protection of heritage places.   The theme for this year’s Day is Heritage for Generations. […]

  • Australia’s First Bank Robbery – 11 April 2018

    Did you know Australia’s first bank robbery occurred in Sydney in 1828 and most of the £14,000 was never recovered? This week we’ll look at the crime that shocked colonial Sydney.   On 14 September 1828, the strongroom of the Bank of Australia on lower George Street was breached by thieves who had tunnelled into the […]

Last updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2012