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

  • Sydney’s Lady Footballers – 1 July 2020

    Last week Australia and New Zealand won their joint bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Friday, prompting us to think across codes about some other legendary women football players in Sydney who played their first game almost 100 years ago. As the first women’s soccer match was played in Brisbane in […]

  • Sprucing up Sydney Town Hall – 24 June 2020

    You know, we often take Sydney Town Hall for granted. It’s undeniably a city landmark – we sit on its steps and watch the world go by, use it as a meeting place, and it has given its name to a train station – but it is also a very special building. City of Sydney […]

  • Putty Road – 17 June 2020

    With Sydney surrounded by mountains on three out of four sides, getting out of the city area has, until fairly recently, been tricky. This was particularly the case in the colonial period. In the west the Blue Mountains were viewed as an almost impenetrable barrier by the British. Aboriginal people had been coming and going […]

Last updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2012