One of the ambitious things about the Dictionary is the way that it aims to become one of the sources about Sydney’s history itself, not just publish about it. Of course, Sydney’s history is still developing and happening, and the Dictionary took an early decision to begin to collect that information from the start.
Did you know that the Dictionary has demographic information based on Census data for every suburb in the greater metropolitan area?
You can find it on suburb pages, right in the middle. All of them have a link to the demographics site, whether or not we have an article on the suburb.
Here’s Newtown — still waiting for an article, but with plenty of other information, including a wealth of images.
When you click on ‘More’, under the demographics heading, Newtown’s demographics page opens in another tab.
These figures are adapted by our partners .id from the Australian Census figures prepared by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. They provide statistics on many aspects of Newtown’s population over the last three censuses — starting with 2006, and with the 2001 and 1996 profiles available on the tabs. It’s fascinating to see the suburbs change, and compare their information with the Sydney-wide averages. You can look for birthplace, language, religion, employment, housing type, car ownership and much, much more.
These figures will change as the population changes and if we have the resources, will be updated with the results of each census. Have a poke around in the demographics for your suburb and see what you can find!
Other posts in this series:
Finding your way through the Dictionary part 4 — Contributors
Finding your way through the Dictionary part 5 — Demographics
Finding your way through the Dictionary part 8 — Bonus extras