Some of the most popular content in 2015 has been our content around Aboriginal people in early Sydney. Consistently making our top ten most popular pages each month are:
- Pemulwuy and Bennelong – The history of Aboriginal resistance to white celebrations of settlement is a big hit.
- The 1938 Day of Mourning rarely leaves our top ten essays.
Our pictures are another great feature of the Dictionary, and much effort is put in by our authors, contributors and our picture researcher Linda Brainwood to find fascinating images of Sydney. Here are some of my favourite coastal and summertime Sydney images:
- 18 footers racing Sydney Harbour 1921
- Bodgie Styles for Spring 1951 Almost-deserted Sydney beach (except for pretty, dark-haired Joan Francis) was chosen by bodgie David Roper, 17, to air leopard-skin trunks, with tail
- Bondi Beach
- Pleasure Park at Tamarama, c.1890
- Botany Bay sunrise 2007
- Ice! ice! ice! newspaper advertisements 1855
We’ve made some great additions to the Dictionary.
- Audio excerpts of oral histories around Liverpool really bring the district’s early history to life.
- We’ve also encouraged to get you out on the streets and exploring our history by publishing a walking tour of convict Parramatta in our smartphone app.
Some of our most popular blog posts have been:
- Tourist Sydney
- Centennial Park
- Drag and cross dressing in Sydney
- First Fleet histories
- Writing in Sydney
- NAIDOC Week celebrations
- Sydney’s governesses
- Long Bay prison
- Randwick Racecourse
- A Walk Through Convict Parramatta
- Bodgies and African American Influences in Sydney
And what can we look forward to in 2016? Well, we have two new walking tours in the pipeline, connecting Sydney’s history through place and time. Look out for:
So until next year, from everyone at the Dictionary of Sydney, greetings for the festive season and have a fantastic Sydney summer holiday.
If you missed Lisa’s segment this morning, you can catch up on the podcast here.
A big thank you to Mitch Byatt and the team at 2SER for a great year and to all guest historians, in particular, Dr Lisa Murray and Nicole Cama. Have a great break and tune in again next year for more Sydney history courtesy of the Dictionary.