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

  • Sydney’s governesses – 29 July 2015

    There’s been some recent media coverage about the federal government reimbursing parents of their nanny fees and the Sydney Morning Herald reported that there was a trend from nannies to governesses on the wealthy north shore and eastern suburbs. Apparently the government is going to implement a two-year trial and fork out $246 million to [...]

  • Top ten pages for June in the Dictionary – 22 July 2015

    We have a lot information in the Dictionary and each month we track our most popular entries and pages to see what people are looking for. This morning I thought I’d share with you the top 10 pages for June. Interestingly, our number one page in June was not an entry, but rather an artefact:  [...]

  • Wonderland City: Sydney’s amusement parks – 15 July 2015

    It’s been 150 years since the famous author Lewis Carroll published Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, but did you know Sydney had its own Wonderland back in the early 1900s? I thought I’d delve into the Dictionary of Sydney and spoke to Sophie on 2SER Breakfast about our city’s love of amusement parks. It turns out [...]

Last updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2012