High rise living

In the latest census data available, Sydney has over 450,000 flats, units or apartments making up 28% of the domestic buildings. This is nearly double the state average. Another 54,000 are expected to be built in the next year alone. In certain areas there are more... read more

On your bike!

Monday just been (3 June) was officially World Bicycle Day. You say you’ve never heard of it? Well, neither had I until the Dictionary of Sydney tweeted about it on Monday! Sure enough, it is a relatively new international day declared by the United Nations. (It... read more


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The Dictionary of Sydney

Human remains were recently discovered at Central Station. How long have they been there?

Find out in episode 1 of The Burial Files, our new podcast series.

Over six episodes, you’ll hear from leading historians, curators, archaeologists, forensic experts and railway enthusiasts – each revealing a fascinating piece of history about the 30,000 souls once buried in the sandhills of the Devonshire Street Cemetery.

The Burial Files has been produced by Sabrina Organo, the State Library’s Creative Producer of Multimedia.

Listen here: audio.sl.nsw.gov.au/podcast/burial-files
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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. http://dictionaryofsydney.org/image/97526

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