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

  • Ice! Ice! Ice! – 15 January 2017

    Welcome back to the Dictionary on 2ser radio in 2017! This week Lisa & Nic talked about ice… We’ve been in heatwave conditions lately, and there is nothing like an icy cold drink to quench your thirst. We didn’t always have refrigerators, and even the mechanical production of ice was very difficult. So a cold drink on a […]

  • Sydenham Drainage Pit and Pumping Station No.001 – 14 December 2016

    This week on 2SER, special guest Dr Megan Hicks, Dictionary of Sydney author, museum consultant,  Adjunct Fellow with the Urban Studies Program at Western Sydney University and lover of urban imaginaries and neglected places, joined Nic to talk about an Inner West landmark that has fascinated many window-gazing passengers on trains coming into Sydenham Railway Station from the […]

  • Sydney’s Lost Cemeteries – 9 December 2016

    We’re very excited here at Dictionary HQ this week as Dr Lisa Murray (our former chair, Dictionary contributor, City of Sydney Historian, renowned taphophile and absolute all-round legend) has just launched her book Sydney Cemeteries: A Field Guide (published by NewSouth Books and available online here). This week on 2SER Breakfast she talked to Nic about two […]

Last updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2012