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

  • Sarah Luke, Callan Park Hospital for the Insane – 24 September 2018

    Sarah Luke, Callan Park Hospital for the Insane Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2018, 253 pp., ISBN: 9781925588965, p/bk, AUS $39.95 The nineteenth century lunatic asylum, in both the literary and the historical imagination, is often a lurid and depressingly dark place. The story goes that mad houses were sadistic, secretive institutions where inmates were abused and mistreated, starved and […]

  • Redfern Park and Oval, one of Sydney’s most important public spaces – 19 September 2018

    This week the Minister for Environment and Heritage announced that Redfern Park and Oval would be included on the State Heritage Register, a list of heritage places given the highest level of State protection.  The listing recognises the importance of the park in the history and the story telling of the state of NSW.  Dr […]

  • Keith Kinnaird Mackellar – 12 September 2018

    Most Australians associate the name Mackellar with Dorothea, the writer of one of our most beloved poems. But today we’re looking an another Mackellar, Dorothea’s older brother, Keith Kinnaird Mackellar. The Dictionary of Sydney’s recently published a new article by Vanessa Witton which details his life and death.    Keith Kinnaird Mackellar was born in […]

Last updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2012