Colonial neighbours: Reynolds’ cottages

Did you know there are three cottages side by side on Harrington Street in The Rocks which have survived for 187 years! Writer and historian, Melissa Holmes, has researched extensively about Reynolds’ cottages and their previous inhabitants for the Dictionary of...

The Bubonic Plague in Sydney

Have you been struck down by the lurgy this winter?  Lisa’s been looking for a silver lining from her sick bed, and has been giving thanks that no matter how bad she’s been feeling, at least it’s not the bubonic plague! This morning she & Nic had...

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...

Chinese life in Sydney

As we welcome the year of the sheep and the Lunar New Year celebrations kick off this Friday, let’s take a step back in time to the 1800s and look at the Chinese experience in Sydney. Many of us might assume that the first people Indigenous inhabitants witnessed...

Tourist Sydney

It’s summertime in Sydney and with tourists swarming to popular attractions I thought I’d explore the history of tourism in Sydney. Tourism emerged in Europe during the 18th century when people began to take pleasure in the experience of travelling to new places. From...