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

  • New home for the Dictionary – 29 April 2016

    Since it first started in 2009, over 1.5 million words have been published on the Dictionary of Sydney including 940 entries, 4,217 multimedia items, 12,735 entities and 38,639 factoids. With a free mobile app, resources for schools linked to the national history curriculum and regular local radio spots on Sydney’s history, our audience continues to […]

  • Second Fleet project – 28 April 2016

    In February we finished our Second Fleet project supported by the Australian National Maritime Museum through the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme. The grant allowed us to produce seven new entries including a thematic essay, Second Fleet, by Sydney historian Michael Flynn as well as articles encompassing the voyage of the ships Lady Juliana, HMS […]

  • The Ultimo World War I Roll of Honour – 20 April 2016

    Anzac Day commemorates all those who have served and died in war and on operational service. I recently published three articles in the Dictionary of Sydney about a World War I honour board, which was found in a church attic in Ultimo. I spoke to Mitch on 2SER Breakfast about some of the stories of […]

Last updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2012