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 Trouble with Harry – 22 February 2017

    As part of the 2017 Mardi Gras festival, there’s an interesting play showing at the Seymour Centre called The Trouble with Harry. The play revolves around the fascinating figure of Harry Crawford, who was convicted of murdering his wife in 1920. Harry was born a woman and was named Eugenia Falleni. Let’s take a look at […]

  • ‘Alternative histories’: The myth of Sydney’s foundational orgy – 7 February 2017

    The 6 February marked the anniversary of a night of salacious activity which took place at The Rocks in 1788, barely a fortnight after the First Fleet made landfall. Only problem is, this so-called ‘Scene of Debauchery & Riot’ never actually happened.  Historian Grace Karskens has written a compelling article for the Dictionary of Sydney […]

  • Trump that! Early American connections to Sydney – 1 February 2017

    At the moment it seems that almost every news bulletin is headlined with another Trump edict. The American Australian alliance is a 20th century phenomenon that frequently celebrates ‘the ties that bind us’. And if we look bck in Sydney’s history we find the connections go back much further than 1908 and the Great White Fleet visit; […]

Last updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2012