Monthly Archives: April 2011

Back to school

In the school holidays, working in the city gains a pleasurable dimension from the presence of kids, freed from school attendance for a short time, and able to roam their town, whether with their parents or alone (if they are … Continue reading

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Hopping about…

With Anzac Day falling on the same weekend as Easter this year, there are lots of entries in the Dictionary which explore some of the many Sydney traditions which will be marked over the next few days. The Royal Easter … Continue reading

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Contributor news

The Dictionary is the sum of contributions by authors (over 150 of them so far), artists (photographers and painters mostly, so far), institutions (many of them national treasures), and companies such as Airview who have kindly allowed us to use … Continue reading

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Old stagers

One of the strengths of the Dictionary is our wide and varied coverage of Sydney’s theatre history. Much of this can be credited to an indefatigable contributor, Ailsa McPherson.  Ailsa’s survey article outlines the history of theatrical production in Sydney … Continue reading

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Red letter days

Celebrations, rituals and ceremonies have always been important parts of life in this place, even before it was called Sydney. The many carvings, clearings, and ceremonial sites in the Sydney basin show that the Aboriginal people had a full calendar … Continue reading

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Uncovering treasure

Have you discovered Trove yet? It is the National Library’s well-named unified search service, which combs a huge range of Australian collections all at once. Here at the Dictionary of Sydney we use it every day, especially the Digitised newspapers … Continue reading

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More than the sum of the parts

Local history, city history, regional history, national history and global history all have different concerns and tend to have varying depths of field — details which are crucial in one area are not so crucial in another. Because no historian … Continue reading

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