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
NewsIn pictures: Sydney’s public restrooms in the early 1900s To celebrate World Toilet Day, we step back a century to explore the early days of public sanitation in our area.17 November 2023
NewsWe keep the ball in motionYoung Redfern All Blacks players, Jonathan Silva and Shyla Miller-Mundine, on championing togetherness in Australia's oldest Aboriginal rugby league club.25 October 2023
NewsThe Sydney Opera House turns 50 Jan Utzon’s iconic creation turns 50 this month, so we’ve dived into the City of Sydney archives to look at the history of Sydney’s most recognised building.20 October 2023
NewsWhy vote Yes in the referendumVote Yes to recognise Indigenous Australians in the constitution, listen to their voices about decisions that affect them, and make a practical difference.7 September 2023
NewsSupport and nurture through culture and danceJodie Welsh, founder and artistic director of Brolga Dance Academy, looks back at the building blocks of her life.7 September 2023
NewsI call myself a story catcherMichelle Blakeney looks back at her childhood and the importance of documenting her people.2 August 2023
NewsVoice to Parliament: Your guide to resources about the referendumLearn more about the referendum before you vote on Saturday 14 October1 July 2023
NewsGrowing up on The BlockLindsay Williams looks back on the strong Aboriginal community created in Redfern.12 June 2023
News5 things you can discover in the City ArchivesWe keep more than 1 million records about Sydney dating from the 19th century onwards. International Archives Day is the perfect time to explore them.8 June 2023
News8 ways to connect with First Nations cultures and communities Make an impact beyond National Reconciliation Week19 May 2023