Decorating the city

It’s getting very festive around the city as Christmas approaches so today we thought we’d look at one of the city’s biggest Christmas traditions! Listen to Nicole and Tess on 2SER here  The trappings of the northern hemisphere’s white... read more

Ocean baths

Ocean baths are abundant in Sydney and along the New South Wales coast, reflecting our love of the ocean and, perhaps, an ambivalence towards the surf. These man-made pools filled with ocean water grew in popularity in the late 19th century and to this day offer... read more


FREE downloadable units of study linked to the Australian history curriculum here.


Catch up on our latest news here including reviews of some of the best books in 2016.

PIC: Man reading newspaper on deck of ferry approaching Circular Quay, 1906. By Harold Cazneaux. Contributed by National Library of Australia (nla.pic-an23242011).


The free Dictionary of Sydney app for your mobile device has four self directed walking tours for you to explore. Click here for details.


3 days ago

The Dictionary of Sydney

In 1970 homosexuality was illegal, God Save the Queen was our national anthem and women pretended to be married to access the pill. By the end of the decade conscription was scrapped, tertiary education was free, access to abortion had improved, the White Australia policy was abolished and a woman read the news on the ABC for the first time.

Michelle Arrow's forthcoming book 'The Seventies: The personal, the political and the making of modern Australia' explores the transformative decade that ultimately shaped modern Australia.

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4 weeks ago

The Dictionary of Sydney

The first evidence we have for 'G'day' is taken from Mrs Campbell Praed's novel 'The Romance of a Station' written in 1889. ... See MoreSee Less

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Detail from MS Hill's 1888 map 'The City of Sydney',  a birds-eye view over the city looking to the south and west across Darling Harbour.

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