The Dictionary of Sydney is like no other city encyclopaedia in the world.
Based on a permanent historical digital repository, the Dictionary aims to gather resources on every aspect of human habitation in the greater Sydney area from the first arrival of people to the present.
Launched in November 2009, the main website at www.dictionaryofsydney.org is just the first of several windows into the historical digital repository that we are building. The Dictionary website is a forum for public discussion and controversy, an aide to teaching and learning, and a source of information and entertainment.
• thematic essays from noted experts
• interesting pieces on well known and unlikely topics
• entries on people, events, organisations, buildings, artefacts and places
• stories and images from our readers and volunteers
• oral histories, photographs and artistic representations
• material about important documents and artefacts
• sound and moving images.
All of these are richly contextualised and mapped in space and time, connecting to and through each other to form the overall picture. See our series of blog posts Finding your way through the Dictionary for a guide to exploring the features of the Dictionary of Sydney.
The Dictionary is rebuilt periodically throughout the year to incorporate new content and changes. If you’d like to participate or contribute, you can see the different ways of doing this here:
The Dictionary’s Board of Management runs the project, with charitable trust status, and is tasked with securing ongoing funding and support for the project.
Find out more about our structure, organisation, people and technology: