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

  • 2SER Supporter Drive – 27 October 2016

    You may have noticed that the Dictionary hasn’t been on the radio lately, and that’s because 2SER are running their annual supporter drive. We love our segments on 2SER Breakfast each week with Nic Healey, and now they need to know how much we appreciate them. Like the Dictionary, 2SER relies on grants, donations and […]

  • Scandalous Music – 11 October 2016

    I was wandering around Camperdown Cemetery the other day when I came across an impressive altar tomb which had a large statue on top featuring a (decapitated) mourning figure kneeling before a tree and harp. I peered at the inscription and saw that it commemorated Nicholas Charles Bochsa, who died in 1856. The inscription recorded […]

  • The Royal Commission into Noxious and Offensive Trades – 5 October 2016

    There have been many current and proposed Royal Commissions in the news lately, so I thought I’d take a look in the Dictionary of Sydney to see what I could find. There’s a fascinating article on the Royal Commission into Noxious and Offensive Trades 1882, courtesy of former City Historian at the City of Sydney, […]

Last updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2012