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 mysterious Mr Eternity – 26 July 2017

    The 30 July 2017 marks 50 years since the death of a mysterious identity who inscribed the word ‘Eternity’ on Sydney’s pavements for 34 years. The Dictionary of Sydney chronicles the stories of many of this city’s interesting citizens, but perhaps none are more enigmatic than Arthur Stace or, as he became known, Mr Eternity.  […]

  • The Great Strike of 1917 – 19 July 2017

    This year marks the centenary of one of Australia’s largest industrial conflicts and a special exhibition commemorating the anniversary has just opened at Carriageworks. The Great Strike of 1917 is regarded as one of Australia’s largest industrial conflicts. Although it officially lasted just over six weeks, its consequences lingered for decades.  Co-curator Laila Ellmoos, historian […]

  • Catherine Jinks, Charlatan The Dishonest Life and Dishonoured Loves of Thomas Guthrie Carr, Stage Mesmerist, – 18 July 2017

    Catherine Jinks, Charlatan The Dishonest Life and Dishonoured Loves of Thomas Guthrie Carr, Stage Mesmerist Vintage Books, Penguin Random House Australia, North Sydney, 2017, pp 1-256 (plus notes), ISBN: 978 0 14378 554 5 Between 1865 and 1886 Thomas Guthrie Carr was rarely out of the celebrity spotlight. Known throughout the Australian and New Zealand […]

Last updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2012