Grab your partners for the Balmain Polka

November is AusMusic Month and so today I thought we should look back at some early Australian popular music and one of the early music composers in Sydney. Graeme Skinner at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music has been researching the history of music in colonial... read more

Remembrance Day: 100 years on

Last Sunday, 11 November, marked 100 years since the official end of World War I. Initially called Armistice Day, it became known as Remembrance Day after the end of World War II. An article in the Dictionary by Dr Neil Radford has described what that day was like... read more


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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.


This is #Sydney's #Newtown railway station in 1899!
From our #publictransport collection:
Courtesy of the Queensland Museum.
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The Dictionary of Sydney

Jacqueline Speeding, Curator of the exhibition ‘Dust’ at Woodford Academy - National Trust of Australia NSW, yesterday opened discussions about extensive pest treatment that will be happening at the Academy soon.

The event, hosted by Museums Galleries Australia, Alex Roach, Director of Modified Atmospheres and Rebecca Pinchin, National Trust Collections Manager, was held to discuss an Australian first in heritage pest treatment.

The Academy’s buildings will be progressively sealed and left to heat over a week this summer, eradicating the infestation of insects that have taken up residence in the 180 year old buildings and its collections.

Saturday (17 November) is the last opportunity to view ‘Dust : An exhibition about insects, collections and heritage buildings'.
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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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