The Georges River Project

Following on from the success of the Cooks River Project, the Dictionary was successful in gaining a second Your Community Heritage grant from the Federal Government to document and illustrate the history and heritage of the Georges River.

The project engaged historians, researchers, heritage specialists and interested community members from participating local government areas along the Georges River in the production of 18 stories.

Community interest and participation in the project was supported by local studies librarians from each of the participating councils and in partnership with the Georges River Combined Council Committee and historian, Heather Goodall. The stories gave been edited and curated by the Dictionary of Sydney and are now published online.

Given the diverse communities that share the social and natural spaces of the Georges River, the stories offer deep and lasting insights into what makes the Georges River a key connecting point in Sydney’s history.

The articles can be viewed at Your Community Heritage grant – Georges River Project or below:

On Georges River near Liverpool, from Sophienburg, 21 November 1857. By Henry Grant Lloyd. From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales, a5894082 / DL PX 42

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.