21st Biennale of Sydney

For all its headlines and cutting edge art, the Sydney Biennale is not a new thing. It is a well-established (some might say entrenched) fixture on the Sydney art scene. In fact, the Biennale of Sydney is the third oldest biennale in the world after Venice...

Sydney’s Lost Cemeteries

We’re very excited here at Dictionary HQ this week as Dr Lisa Murray (our former chair, Dictionary contributor, City of Sydney Historian, renowned taphophile and absolute all-round legend) has just launched her book Sydney Cemeteries: A Field Guide (published by...

NAISDA celebrates 40 years

 Listen now Today I want to acknowledge a significant dance and cultural movement that is celebrating its 40th anniversary. I’m talking about the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association. The organisation first emerged in the mid-1970s and...

The Garden Palace, objects and memories

On 17 September 1879 the Sydney International Exhibition opened in the newly built Garden Palace in the Botanic Gardens, along with a number of other pavilions in the gardens and Domain. The Sydney International Exhibition was Sydney’s coming out to the world as...

Sydney sayings

You may have heard that a second edition of the Australian National Dictionary was released just the other day. The Australian National Dictionary “is a Dictionary of Australianisms, and includes words and meanings that have originated in Australia, or that have...