The mysterious Mr Eternity

The 30 July 2017 marks 50 years since the death of a mysterious identity who inscribed the word ‘Eternity’ on Sydney’s pavements for 34 years. The Dictionary of Sydney chronicles the stories of many of this city’s interesting citizens, but perhaps none are more...

The Great Strike of 1917

This year marks the centenary of one of Australia’s largest industrial conflicts and a special exhibition commemorating the anniversary has just opened at Carriageworks. The Great Strike of 1917 is regarded as one of Australia’s largest industrial conflicts. Although...

On our way

Moving the Dictionary Over the last year we’ve been working on moving the Dictionary’s content on to a new platform hosted by the State Library of New South Wales. Over the next few days you may notice some changes to the site as we flip the switch and...

Aging gracefully

July marks the start of the new financial year, and for many reliant upon the government for support, this often means a change in pensions and welfare payments. There has been a lot of focus by the federal government on welfare recipients of late, so I thought it...

Barangaroo

NAIDOC Week is in full swing, celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples so we thought we’d take the opportunity to celebrate someone a very powerful woman in Sydney’s history – Barangaroo.     Listen...

Isaac Nathan – ‘Australia’s first composer’

The Dictionary of Sydney chronicles the lives of some of Sydney’s most fascinating people. Isaac Nathan, who was hailed as ‘Australia’s first composer’ despite being the English-born son of a Polish synagogue cantor, was a prolific composer, conductor, and publisher,...