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This month the Dictionary of Sydney is celebrating 10 years online.
The Dictionary is a website about the history of Sydney, created in collaboration with hundreds of historians, local librarians, specialists and institutions. From the Hawkesbury River in the north, Port Hacking in the south, the Blue Mountains in the west and the Pacific coast in the east, the Dictionary’s aim is to gather as much information as possible about every aspect of Sydney’s history.
There’s lots to explore, with more than 1,000 entries, by authors that include Grace Karskens, Meredith Lake, Lisa Murray, Stephen Garton, David Marr, Val Attenbrow, Frank Moorhouse and Keith Vincent Smith, and approximately 5,000 images and media items from both public and private collections.
The Dictionary went live for the first time on 4 November 2009 and in July 2017 was relaunched on a new platform developed by the State Library of NSW.
Essays and media items are all linked by small individual records, or ‘entities’, for each of the different people, places, events, organisations and buildings referred to on the Dictionary. These entities form a complex web of relationships across Sydney’s history, that continues to grow and provide new insights as content is added to the site.
Search or browse via the handy menus on each page of the Dictionary and make your own path through Sydney’s history.