The new Dictionary of Sydney goes live

Wonderful Performance of Robert Taylor at Ashton's Circus, Illustrated Sydney News, 9 June 1855

The regular quarterly update to the Dictionary of Sydney has been made public at 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 from his private collection, and a wealth of detail.

Russians by Mara Moustafine

Maori by Jo Kamira

We are still working on the illustrations for these two essays, but they outline surprisingly early and interesting histories in Sydney for these two groups.

Aboriginal men in boat on Narrabeen lagoon, c 1905, State Library of NSW, Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales, a116488 / PXE 711/488

New work on Sydney’s Aboriginal history

Arabanoo by Keith Vincent Smith, telling the story of one of the Aboriginal men who experienced first contact with the settlers.

Biddy Lewis, and the Aboriginal settlement at Narrabeen Lagoon, by Peter Read, detailing some of the hidden history of Aboriginal Sydney.

Sydney’s first 14 mayors

Stay tuned for a blog post on these worthy citizens of the City of Sydney, who worked their way up to Mayor in the mid-nineteenth century.

Other people, place and organisations entries

New work on Sydney’s roads, north, east and west, by Garry Wotherspoon, which tells the stories of Sydney’s gateways.

The Royal Society of New South Wales by Peter J Tyler, outlining the history of an eminent scientific society.

The Technical and Working Men’s College by Mark Dunn, tracing the beginnings of technical education in Sydney, part of a project supported by the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts.

Eastwood by Beverley McClymont, giving an account of the changing fortunes of this northern suburb

Yaralla and Thomas Walker by Patricia Skehan, covering the philanthropy and patronage of Walker, and his beautiful estate.

As well as these new entries, we’ve been beavering away behind the scenes for three months, adding and linking over 1000 new entities, with timelines, descriptions and facts, and also researching and captioning over 200 new images and multimedia.

Hop on over and have a look!


About Emma Grahame

Emma Grahame has been Editorial Coordinator of the Dictionary of Sydney since May 2007.
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