Pic: Training for the new decimal currency – a display of giant coins at the Channel 10 studio in Sydney 1965. By W Brindle. Contributed by National Archives of Australia [A1200, L52590]


The Dictionary of Sydney is a unique digital story-telling platform about Sydney with more than 400 contributors, 1000 entries, 13,500 entities and 5000 multimedia items freely accessible online. It is a free public resource for everyone to share and enjoy.

Between 2006-2016, the City of Sydney was the Dictionary of Sydney’s generous major government partner, providing cash and in-kind support.

In 2016, the City of Sydney provided a special one-off grant to transfer the Dictionary of Sydney website to the State Library of New South Wales. As of December 2016, the City of Sydney no longer funds the Dictionary on an ongoing basis.

The State Library is hosting the website and providing technical support, but is not able to provide any operational funding. You can read more about the project here. Since the website was transferred to the Library’s platform in July 2017, there have been more than 3,200,000 page views.

In September 2018, management of the Dictionary of Sydney passed to the State Library of New South Wales. Publication of new content on the Dictionary will cease in early 2022.

Publication of new content on the Dictionary of Sydney will continue while funds allow. After early 2022, the Dictionary of Sydney website and content will be preserved and made available by the State Library of New South Wales. 

To make a tax-deductible donation to the State Library of New South Wales Foundation, go to their donation page hereor you can make a gift by completing this donation form and returning it by email to foundation@sl.nsw.gov.au or posting it to:

State Library of NSW Foundation
State Library of NSW
Macquarie Street
SYDNEY  NSW   2000

Thank you for your support. 

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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