There are more pathways into the Dictionary’s content, although some of these are still under construction.

Working on the footpath upgrade, Pitt Street, July 1999

Working on the footpath upgrade, Pitt Street, July 1999. Contributed by City of Sydney Archives (017625)

Browse Roles is one of these byways, giving you a different set of slices across the Dictionary’s content. By its nature, browsing Roles is incomplete, and will not be comprehensive for a long time, if ever, but it’s a great way to set off into the thickets of the Dictionary’s more inaccessible regions.

Browse Roles

Browse Roles to find the occupations in the Dictionary of Sydney

Find and click on the Roles link, under the Browse listing on the right hand side of the front page. You’ll be taken to a page which lists all the occupations we’ve used for people in the Dictionary, built up over the years as we’ve classified Sydneysiders by the thousand.

Click on an occupation, and you are taken to a listing of the members of that calling currently included in the Dictionary. Some will have articles already, some will not.  Some roles are thickly populated (try Councillor, for example), and some only take you to one lonely exponent. All these categories are growing every time we rebuild the Dictionary.

Governors in the Dictionary of Sydney

Governors in the Dictionary of Sydney

Some are relatively complete, due to special effort on the part of our researchers, and provide a glimpse of how useful the Roles will be one day. Governor is one of those — pulling data from the facts in each governor’s entity listing, it provides a list of NSW governors, as well as some governors of other things, such as the Commonwealth of Australia, the Commonwealth Bank, and the Crown Street Women’s Hospital.

People in the Dictionary can have more than one Role, and if you look at the role Convict, and then click through to a few of the individuals listed there, you can see how widely varied their subsequent careers were. For many, being transported was a life-changing event that created chances they would never have had in the old country.

Convict roles

Once convicts, later the builders of the colony. Convicts in the Dictionary of Sydney

As I said earlier, this pathway into the Dictionary is still under construction, and you will find people  whose role information is incomplete, or even mistaken. If you do, please let us know — we rely on our readers to help us make the Dictionary as complete and accurate as possible, and we greatly appreciate any help you can give us.

Other posts in this series:

Finding your way through the Dictionary part 1 — Entities

Finding your way through the Dictionary part 2 — Images

Finding your way through the Dictionary part 3 — Maps

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 6 — Roles

Finding your way through the Dictionary part 7 — Subjects

Finding your way through the Dictionary part 8 — Bonus extras

 

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