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
HistoryHouse & building histories guidePublished 1 July 2016
HistoryHistory of Sydney Town HallPublished 18 September 2020
HistoryOld Sydney burial groundPublished 25 November 2019
HistoryHistory of Sydney streetsPublished 4 December 2012
HistorySymbols of the cityPublished 4 December 2012
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
NewsLearn about Sydney’s Aboriginal history as you walk Country Markers highlight significant people and places along the harbour foreshore.26 September 2022
NewsIn pictures: Queen Elizabeth II in SydneyTo mark the passing of Her Royal Highness, we look back at her visits to our city.9 September 2022
News‘Old, insanitary and ruinous’: Historic photos reveal demolished Sydney The changing face of the city captured from 1900 to 1931.7 September 2022
News4 fast facts about Sydney’s aldermen As elected officials, they acted as the intermediary between the public and local government, representing residents and ratepayers.2 September 2022
NewsCelebrating World Letter Writing Day: Notes from the City of Sydney ArchivesExplore the stories and beauty of decorative 19th and early 20th century requests, demands and complaints.1 September 2022
NewsIn pictures: Crown Street through the centuriesAs we plan a future transformation for Crown Street, see how the route evolved over 200 years.31 August 2022
NewsHistoric Haymarket landmark returned to its former glory Learn more about the restoration of the heritage-listed Corporation Building and how it serviced Sydney’s markets.5 August 2022
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