The Dictionary is only staffed on a part time basis, but we will try to reply as soon as possible.
The Dictionary of Sydney is a free, innovative, collaborative online history project based at the State Library of NSW.
If you have a comment, question or suggestion about the project, we’d love to hear from you. If you are having trouble with this form, please contact us directly using our email address info(at)dictionaryofsydney.org.
IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT YOUR FAMILY HISTORY OR PERSONAL RESEARCH, we do not have the resources to help. However, we use and recommend the following invaluable resources:
- The State Library of NSW (www.sl.nsw.gov.au) offers a free online information request service ‘Ask A Librarian‘.
- Trove, which is hosted by the National Library of Australia, searches many kinds of materials in collections across Australia, including digitised newspapers and is always a great place to start your research. (http://trove.nla.gov.au)
- Many government records are available at State Archives and Records NSW (https://www.records.nsw.gov.au/contact-us/ask-an-archivist)
- The Society of Australian Genealogists are experts in helping people trace family history details (http://www.sag.org.au).
- There may also be information at the National Archives of Australia (http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/family-history/).
- The City of Sydney Archives has many resources about the City which might be useful (and some GREAT maps) http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/learn/history/archives
- Your local library, and the local history staff at the library in the area you’re interested in, are the experts in your local area. Find a public library via the State Library of NSW here: http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/public-library-services/about-public-library-services/find-public-library-nsw
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BUY PRINTS OR USE IMAGES OR OTHER MULTIMEDIA ON THE DICTIONARY, you will need to contact the contributor of the image. You will find this information listed under the image, along with the contributor’s reference numbers where relevant. If a persistent URL was supplied, then clicking on the reference numbers will take you directly to to the contributor’s catalogue. A link to the contributor’s website can be found, where available, on the right hand side of their Contributor page.
The Dictionary of Sydney has no ongoing funding. In September 2018, management of the Dictionary of Sydney was transferred to the State Library of New South Wales, who will preserve the website and continue to make the content available.