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 Liquor Referendum and the Six O’Clock Swill – 18 May 2016

    Back in February we chatted about the Liverpool Soldiers Riot in 1916. The riot, which started as a protest against camp conditions, caught the military and many officials by surprise. The boozy rampage by AIF recruits was picked up by the temperance movement and used to serve their cause. The drunken behaviour of “Black Monday” […]

  • Please consider donating to the Dictionary – 14 May 2016

    The Dictionary of Sydney is a unique digital story-telling platform about Sydney with over 400 contributors, 940 entries, 12,735 entities and 4,217 multimedia items freely accessible online. Since 2006 the City of Sydney has been our major government partner providing us with cash and in-kind support, including our current premises in Benledi House, Glebe. From […]

  • Constance Kent: The ‘murderess’ – 11 May 2016

    In 1929, an 85-year-old Sydney nurse and public servant named Ruth Emilie Kaye wrote a 3,000-word letter called the Sydney Document. In it, she confessed to murdering her three- year-old brother when she was just 16 years old. Her real name was Constance Kent, and I spoke about her fascinating story with Mitch on 2SER Breakfast this […]

Last updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2012