The Dictionary of Sydney relies on a passionate team of volunteers to assist us in our work. Our volunteers have an extraordinary range of talents and skills they bring to the Dictionary and we are extremely grateful to them for their hard work and dedication.

The Dictionary has more than 300 volunteer authors who give their work to the project. A full list of authors published to date can be found here.

The Dictionary has agreements with a range of institutions and individuals that allow us to use material from their collections in the Dictionary. A full list of these institutions and collections can be found here.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Dictionary, you can contact us here.

Nicole Cama

Nicole Cama is a professional historian, curator and content strategist specialising in public history and the history of the Sydney area. Nicole’s many areas of research include World War I, maritime history, intellectual property and family history research. She is the Executive Officer of the History Council of NSW. You can hear her on Wednesday mornings on 2SER presenting the Dictionary of Sydney’s weekly radio segment.

Dr Neil Radford

Neil joined the Dictionary team in July 2012. He is a librarian with qualifications from the Universities of Sydney, NSW and Chicago. He has worked in the libraries of the Universities of Sydney and Chicago, and has taught librarianship at the University of Illinois and in Tasmania. He was University Librarian at the University of Sydney 1980-1996. He indexes scholarly books for academic colleagues and has indexed three 19th century local newspapers for Leichhardt Library.


Dr Catie Gilchrist

Dr Catie Gilchrist has an MA in History from The University of Glasgow, an MA in Women’s History, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, from The University of London, and a PhD in convict history from Sydney University, where she lectures  in the history program.

Ross Coleman

Ross joined the Dictionary team as a volunteer in 2015, after having been an early Dictionary of Sydney Trust board member. He is an independent librarian who was formerly the Director of Collections, Digital & eScholarship Services at the University of Sydney.


Karen Bryant

Karen is a retired educator and editor. After teaching English and ESL in the secondary and adult sectors she worked for many years in educational resources development for TAFE and schools as a project manager and content developer and in quality assurance including editing. Karen joined the Dictionary as a volunteer editor in 2015.

David Morgan

David Morgan is a consulting research historian with an MA in History from the University of Sydney. For the City of Sydney History Unit he researched and wrote the historical walking tour maps ‘Passion’ (Kings Cross/Potts Point), ‘Port’ (Pyrmont), ‘Preservation’ (Glebe) and ‘Parade’ (Oxford Street). His book The Australian Miscellany was a collection of facts, figures and stories about Australia and its history. His blog ‘A Sydney Anthology’ explores the city’s history though its art and literature.

Trudy Holdsworth

Trudy is a retired legal secretary whose hobby is history. She was the inaugural president of the City of Sydney Historical Association Inc and is currently the Secretary/Vice Chairman of the Friends of the First Government House Site Inc. Trudy also has an interest in public speaking and has given talks to various organisations about the Dictionary of Sydney. 

Michaela Cameron

Michaela is an historian of sound  and PhD candidate in the University of Sydney History department. She has additional research interests in the convict experience in Colonial Parramatta, Sydney, Australia and the heritage sites associated with that history, such as The Parramatta Female Factory  Follow her on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/sydneyhistory

Detail from MS Hill's 1888 map 'The City of Sydney',  a birds-eye view over the city looking to the south and west across Darling Harbour. http://dictionaryofsydney.org/image/97526

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