So long Sydney

The Dictionary of Sydney is an incredible project. It all started back in 2005 when a group of historians and industry partners secured a 5-year Australian Research Council grant to present Sydney’s history in a digital format to explore the possibilities of...

Fanmail for Mr Bertie

The Dictionary of Sydney is all about making Sydney’s history accessible, interesting and popular. If Charles H Bertie was alive today, he’d be right into the Dictionary of Sydney. Listen to Lisa and Wilamina on 2SER here Charles Henry Bertie was the first...

Dyarubbin

Most people feel familiar with the Hawkesbury, one of Sydney’s most recognisable rivers, but how much do they really know? Listen to Marika and Wilamina on 2SER here The Hawkesbury River, known as Dyarubbin to local Aboriginal people, was one of the earliest places...

A huge crowd for a hanging: the end of John Knatchbull

One of my very favourite letters in the collections of the State Library of NSW was written by a wool merchant by the name of Joseph Whitehead. In an 1838 letter to his uncle in England, Whitehead describes Sydney as ‘without exception one of the most wicked places...