Sydney is a vibrant city and it has an ancient heartbeat. Discover the rich, vivid history of Sydney from early Aboriginal life through to the modern global city.
HistoryAboriginal historiesPublished 20 October 2017
HistoryHistory of City of Sydney councilPublished 18 September 2020
HistorySymbols of the cityPublished 4 December 2012
HistoryHistory of Sydney Town HallPublished 18 September 2020
HistoryOld Sydney burial groundPublished 25 November 2019
HistoryHistory of Sydney streetsPublished 4 December 2012
HistoryHouse & building histories guidePublished 1 July 2016
Community groupsLocal history groups
Historical walking tours
HistoryBarani/Barrabugu (Yesterday/Tomorrow) walking tourPublished 20 October 2017
HistoryHistory walksPublished 23 April 2018
HistoryRock and Roll Walks of Fame ‘n’ ShamePublished 23 April 2018
- The Barani website provides histories of people, places and events in the local area that are associated with the histories of Sydney's Aboriginal communities.
- The collection showcases the voices of Sydney people past and present.
- An easy-to-search A-Z biographical guide of almost 500 men and women who have represented Sydney's residents.
- Put together as a collaborative not-for-profit venture in digital public history, it's an ever-growing resource you can trust.
City of Sydney News
NewsIn pictures: Sydney playgrounds in the 20th centuryDid you know that playgrounds weren't a thing before the 1930s? Swings and slippery dips represent a shift in how society saw kids and their place in the world.2 May 2022
NewsExplore the Hall of Service on Anzac Day Hidden underground, this space contains the stories of World War I enlistees from across NSW.21 April 2022
News10 ways to step back in time this Heritage FestivalImmerse yourself in a world of curiosity until 31 May.8 April 2022
NewsIn pictures: Celebrating 90 years of the Sydney Harbour BridgeExplore the landmark that has shaped the physical and social landscape of our city.16 March 2022
NewsThe most intriguing donations to our archive in 2021As a new year begins, we take a look at some interesting additions to our collection.7 January 2022
NewsTake a step back in time down George StreetAs we create 9,000 square metres of new car-free space, discover how the storied boulevard has evolved.26 September 2021
NewsDiscover Green Square’s history on foot with a new self-guided walkTransform, available on the Sydney Culture Walks app, documents the neighbourhood’s fascinating history and stunning architecture.7 September 2021
News5 minutes with History Week curator Margaret BetteridgeWe unveil the captivating details you’ll discover when you look up in Sydney.3 September 2021
NewsHow to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2021 onlineEnjoy art, performance, talks and shopping in the comfort and safety of your home.5 July 2021
NewsIn pictures: Easter in Sydney over the yearsPhotos from the City of Sydney archives show how our city celebrated in time gone by.29 March 2021