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

  • 40 years: The Juanita Nielsen disappearance – 1 July 2015

    This Saturday 4 July 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the disappearance of the heritage conservationist and publisher Juanita Nielsen. Even today, the mystery of her disappearance and presumed murder continues to overshadow her story, however, Nielsen is also remembered for her active role campaigning against the development of Victoria Street in Sydney’s Potts Point. [...]

  • Voices from Liverpool’s past – 24 June 2015

    The Dictionary of Sydney has been working with Oral History NSW, the Royal Australian Historical Society and Liverpool City Council to curate excerpts from Liverpool Library’s oral history collection, digitise them and make them available online. Last week 65 snippets of oral history interviews were added to the Dictionary. The audio clips are drawn from [...]

  • Law and order in Sydney – 17 June 2015

    Monday marked the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, or the Great Charter, which has been widely recognised as the most famous legal document in the world. With all this talk about Magna Carta, being the origin of the rule of law and an important step toward modern democracy, I thought I’d search the Dictionary of [...]

Last updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2012