Monthly Archives: March 2011

Building communities

One of most important tasks of the Dictionary is to document the histories of Sydney’s many different cultural communities, and we’ve made a good start. The most recent community articles, on the Maori and the Russians, have just been released, … Continue reading

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Getting technical

Technical education is all important today, and it’s hard to imagine a time when it needed advocates and activists. With the generous help of the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts who sponsored their research for the Dictionary during 2009 and … Continue reading

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The circus is in town!

One of the most exciting entries in the new batch of material just added to the Dictionary of Sydney is Mark St Leon’s richly illustrated essay on Circus in Sydney. Mark is the acknowledged expert on Australian circus and comes … Continue reading

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A mandate of mayors

The most recent set of additions to the Dictionary includes biographies of the first 14 mayors of Sydney, written by consulting historian Terri McCormack, and they are certainly an interesting and varied bunch. Sydney was incorporated as a city in … Continue reading

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The new Dictionary of Sydney goes live

The regular quarterly update to the Dictionary of Sydney has been made public at http://www.dictionaryofsydney.org today, and there’s a lot of new material to have a look at. New thematic essays Circus by Mark St Leon, with illustrations and multimedia … Continue reading

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Growing and changing

Now that the Dictionary is so big and complex, it can be hard to see how it is changing. The raw figures are quite daunting: the Dictionary contains 572 articles totalling nearly 800,000 words, and has information on nearly 5,000 … Continue reading

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More than one angle on Hyde Park Barracks

One of the unusual things about the Dictionary of Sydney is that entries are only one of several kinds of historical resources we include. You can find maps, video, audio, timelines, images and combinations of these. We can also include more … Continue reading

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