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 400 volunteer authors who give their work to the project. A full list of authors published to date can be found here.

The Dictionary also 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.

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 read her Dictionary entries here, and hear her on Wednesday mornings on 2SER presenting the Dictionary of Sydney’s weekly radio segment.

Dr Lisa Murray

Dr Lisa Murray is the Historian of the City of Sydney and the former Chair of the Dictionary of Sydney board. Her most recent book, Sydney Cemeteries: A Field Guide was the winner of a 2017 National Trust Heritage Award.  You can read her entries on the Dictionary here, and hear her on Wednesday mornings on 2SER presenting the Dictionary of Sydney’s weekly radio segment.

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. As well as entries for the Dictionary, Catie writes many of the Dictionary’s book reviews.

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. Neil’s expertise in relation to the application of the Dictionary’s subject terms has been invaluable. His entries for the Dictionary can be read here.


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.

Dr Margo Beasley

Dr Margo Beasley is a consultant public historian. She was also the City of Sydney’s Oral Historian until 2015 and has conducted many of the interviews available on the Dictionary. Her books include Wharfies: the History of the Waterside Workers’ Federation, The Sweat of their Brows: One hundred years of the Sydney Water Board 1888-1988 and The Missos A history of the Federated Miscellaneous Workers Union. You can read her entries for the Dictionary here. Margo joined the Dictionary team as a volunteer in 2015.


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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