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

  • Have you ever been to see Kings Cross? – 28 September 2016

    Comic entertainer Frankie Davidson asked Australians in 1963 ‘Have you ever been to see Kings Cross?’ Whether you’ve been there or not, you probably know something about the Cross from its reputation and clubs: from Les Girls to Sweethearts. Kings Cross has a special place in Sydney’s history. It attracted migrants, bohemians, artists, eccentrics and […]

  • Jim Davidson, Moments in Time: a Book of Australian Postcards – 21 September 2016

    Jim Davidson,  Moments in Time: a book of Australian postcards  National Library of Australia, 2016, paperback $44.99 ISBN 9780642278777 The humble postcard enjoyed a relatively brief but spectacular place in postage history roughly from the 1890s to the 1920s. They were cheap and attractive and enjoyed a reduced postage rate. In 1906 alone the Sydney GPO handled more […]

  • Sydney’s shipwrecks – 21 September 2016

    Last week news broke that HMS Terror, the long-lost ship of British polar explorer (and former Governor of Tasmania) Sir John Franklin, has been found 168 years after its sinking. I thought I’d delve into the Dictionary of Sydney and explore some of Sydney’s shipwrecks for 2SER Breakfast this morning. This city’s worst maritime tragedy would be […]

Last updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2012