Have you ever been to see Kings Cross?

Comic entertainer Frankie Davidson asked Australians in 1963 ‘Have you ever been to see Kings Cross?’ Whether you’ve been there or not, you probably know something about the Cross from its reputation and clubs: from Les Girls to Sweethearts. Kings...

Bodgies and African American Influences in Sydney

Ever heard of the term bodgie? What about widgie? When we think of great social change, people often cite the 1960s as a decade of transformation. But toward the end of World War II in the 1940s, a subculture emerged among Sydney’s youth – they called themselves...

Top ten pages for June in the Dictionary

We have a lot information in the Dictionary and each month we track our most popular entries and pages to see what people are looking for. This morning I thought I’d share with you the top 10 pages for June. Interestingly, our number one page in June was not an...

40 years: The Juanita Nielsen disappearance

This Saturday 4 July 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the disappearance of the heritage conservationist and publisher Juanita Nielsen. Even today, the mystery of her disappearance and presumed murder continues to overshadow her story, however, Nielsen is also...

Writing in Sydney

The Sydney Writers’ Festival is underway, with a range of interesting events centred around storytelling and the nice tagline ‘it’s thinking season’. So I thought I’d take a look at the history of the written word in our city. The Dictionary has a wonderfully detailed...