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

  • Writing in Sydney – 20 May 2015

    The Sydney Writers’ Festival is underway, with a range of interesting events centred around storytelling and the nice tagline ‘it’s thinking season’. So I thought I’d take a look at the history of the written word in our city. The Dictionary has a wonderfully detailed essay on the history of writing in Sydney by Elizabeth [...]

  • Celebrating Sydney’s volunteers – 13 May 2015

    It’s National Volunteer Week this week and once again we would like to thank all our volunteers for their time and generosity. Our volunteers enable the Dictionary to deliver much more than we possibly could on the equivalent of 1.7 full time staff! A quick look through the Dictionary reveals just how much volunteers and [...]

  • Market Development Manager position – 8 May 2015

    The Dictionary of Sydney is looking for a Market Development Manager for a short term four month contract, one day a week, starting in June 2015. The Market Development Manager will be responsible for establishing key relationships and for developing and executing partnerships that will expand access to the Dictionary of Sydney. The position description [...]

Last updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2012