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.

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From the blog

  • High rise living – 12 June 2019

    In the latest census data available, Sydney has over 450,000 flats, units or apartments making up 28% of the domestic buildings. This is nearly double the state average. Another 54,000 are expected to be built in the next year alone. In certain areas there are more flats then there are houses, and in some suburbs […]

  • James Dunk, Bedlam at Botany Bay – 11 June 2019

    James Dunk, Bedlam at Botany Bay NewSouth Books, 2019, 244 pp. (plus notes, select bibliography and index), ISBN: 9781742236179, p/bk, AUS$34.99   Looking at the great corpus of works that exist on Australia’s colonial history, there are so many available to inspire (and inflame) readers that it would be easy to assume that the colonial-focused […]

  • On your bike! – 5 June 2019

    Monday just been (3 June) was officially World Bicycle Day. You say you’ve never heard of it? Well, neither had I until the Dictionary of Sydney tweeted about it on Monday! Sure enough, it is a relatively new international day declared by the United Nations. (It was only adopted by the General assembly on 12 April 2018). […]

Last updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2012