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

  • The Explorer’s stump – 20 November 2019

    On the southern side of the Great Western Highway just west of Katoomba is a colonial relic known as the Explorers’ Tree. But you would be forgiven for not recognising it as a tree. Today all that remains is a concrete stump on a rubble stone podium. The stump is the remains of a tree […]

  • It’s a sign – 13 November 2019

    Last week Lisa Murray mentioned a few of her favourite pieces on the Dictionary, and today I thought we’d follow one of those up and talk about road markings.  While this might seem to some a somewhat mundane topic, even the most everyday aspects of the city can have an intriguing history when you look […]

  • Cathy Perkins, The Shelf Life of Zora Cross – 7 November 2019

    Cathy Perkins, The Shelf Life of Zora Cross Monash University Publishing, November 2019, 285pp (inc Index), ISBN (pb): 978-1-925835-53-3, RRP: $29.95 ‘£20 and you shall have her’ (p.60). This financial exchange in 1917 between Sydney bookseller James Tyrell and publisher George Robertson sealed Zora Cross’s fate. Her collection of 50 sonnets, Songs of Love and […]

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