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 best kept secret’: Yaralla estate – 15 November 2017

    Did you know ‘the most significant, suburban Edwardian estate in NSW’ is in Concord West, on the banks of the Parramatta River? Yaralla Estate, sometimes referred to as ‘Sydney’s best kept secret’, was once at the centre of this city’s social scene as local historian, Patricia Skehan, writes in the Dictionary of Sydney. The Yaralla […]

  • Our City: 175 years in 175 objects – 1 November 2017

    This morning on 2SER, Lisa  talked to Nic about the fantastic exhibition she’s been working on which commemorates the City of Sydney Council’s 175th anniversary . This major exhibition, which Lisa has put together with the City’s Archivist and Curator of the City’s Civic Collection, presents the civic and social histories, events, people and places […]

  • The​ ​Lucy​ ​Osburn-Nightingale​ ​Museum – 25 October 2017

    Sydney Living Museums’ wonderful event Sydney Open is coming up on 4 and 5 November, where the doors of more than 60 of the city’s most important and intriguing buildings and spaces will be open to the public for one weekend. One of my favourites is the Lucy Osburn-Nightingale Museum on Macquarie Street, which jointly commemorates two very important […]

Last updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2012