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

  • Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders – 18 July 2018

    The NSW State Archives and Records’ exhibition Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders features fascinating stories of women trailblazers in the public sector.   Among the many inspiring women featured in the exhibition is Margaret Harper, a paediatrician and infant health pioneer in Sydney. There’s also Rosette Edmunds, our first female professional town planner. Edmunds worked as an […]

  • Sydney’s secret wartime research – 11 July 2018

    This week on 2SER Breakfast, Dictionary special guest Dr Peter Hobbins talked to Tess about some top secret research undertaken at the University of Sydney during World War II.    If you’ve ever been on the Rotor ride at Luna Park, you’ve felt the pressures that gravitational force (aka g-force) can wield on the human […]

  • Sydney’s wining and dining evolution – 4 July 2018

    Nowadays, you can walk into any one of the many bars and restaurants of Sydney and be shown an extensive wine list and an array of scrumptious dishes from around the world. But it hasn’t always been so.    Since the mid-twentieth century, Sydney’s culinary and drinking culture has been completely transformed. Much of Sydney’s change in […]

Last updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2012