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

  • Letters of Complaint – 24 May 2017

    2SER Breakfast listeners had a special treat today as Lisa talked about Letters of Complaint, just one of the projects she’s been working on in her role as the City Historian at the City of Sydney.  The City of Sydney Archives holds an extensive collection of 19th century correspondence, some of which are archived in a series […]

  • On the buses – 17 May 2017

    There’s been a lot of talk this week about Sydney’s buses and the NSW Government’s plans to privatise a section of the network. As historian Garry Wotherspoon points out in his article in the Dictionary of Sydney, Sydney’s bus network has always been a source of debate since the first omnibus service plied the streets […]

  • Bricks! – 10 May 2017

    They are one of the most ubiquitous building materials in Sydney, so you probably haven’t given them much thought, but the history of bricks in Sydney is actually rather fascinating!    The three large towers that we see at Sydney Park at the southern end of King Street and the start of the Princes Highway […]

Last updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2012