Keith Kinnaird Mackellar

Most Australians associate the name Mackellar with Dorothea, the writer of one of our most beloved poems. But today we’re looking an another Mackellar, Dorothea’s older brother, Keith Kinnaird Mackellar. The Dictionary of Sydney’s recently published a new... read more


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


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3 hours ago

The Dictionary of Sydney

Would you like to be PAID to talk about Trove!Are you in Sydney and available next week for an in-person focus group about Trove? We're still looking for a few keen Trove users to share their opinions on early ideas for how Trove will look in future – its visual design. Session time and location is:

Tuesday, September 25, 7:30-9pm at 401/55 Lime St, Sydney CBD.

If you're interested and able to attend, send your name and contact details to Group numbers are limited, so if you'd like to come, let us know as soon as possible.

Please note attendees will be compensated for their time, but this does not include travel costs.

Image: Sievers, Wolfgang. Students in an art class on the lawns of the school, St Leonard's School, Brighton, Victoria, 1962.
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1 day ago

The Dictionary of Sydney

We're excited to be hosting Emeritus Professor Judith Brett for the Blackheath History Forum's next session on Saturday September 29. She will be speaking about her National Biography Award winning book 'The Enigmatic Mr Deakin' about Alfred Deakin—scholar, spiritualist and Australia's second prime minister. Widely regarded as one of the very best political biographies written in Australia 'The Enigmatic Mr Deakin' examines both Deakin's private and public life from his impact on national policy to his penchant for writing in the newspaper about himself under a pseudonym. Blackheath Public School, doors open 3.30 for afternoon tea, talk begins 4 pm sharp. ... 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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