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...

The Archibald Prize

The Archibald Prize is quintessentially Sydney – bold, controversial, and tinged with celebrity. The annual portraiture prize was established by a benefactor, JF Archibald, and the first prize was held in 1921. Listen to Lisa and Marlene on 2SER here Archibald...

Barracluff’s Ostrich Farm

There are many great things about the Dictionary of Sydney, but one of the things I love the most is the way you can discover quirky things about Sydney. In the past I’ve shared about Cocky Bennett, and public toilets, and the Electrical Women’s...

Jack Mundey and the Green Bans

Can you imagine Sydney without The Rocks? or what if we didn’t have the Centennial Parklands or the State Theatre? These are just some of the iconic Sydney places that were saved from wholesale destruction in the 1970s by the imposition of green bans by trade...