Monthly Archives: May 2011

City of villages III

Western Sydney is a vast area, diverse in people, landscape and built environment. Its many communities sometimes feel that the city turns its back on them, but not the Dictionary of Sydney. From Parramatta to the Blue Mountains, read about … Continue reading

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City of villages II

Some of Sydney’s regions were separated out by geographical features, and the biggest was Sydney Harbour itself. The Lower North Shore was Cammeraygal country bef0re the arrival of the Europeans and their diseases, and its scenic beauty was much admired … Continue reading

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City of villages

Like all cities, Sydney is not one undifferentiated whole, but a collection of self-identified regions which may or may not line up with current administrative and government boundaries. Some of these regions and their names date back to before the … Continue reading

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Sick Sydney

Epidemics have been a fact of human life at least since the invention of agriculture, when people first started to live in large stationary groups and in close quarters with animals, enabling new diseases to develop and spread. It seems … Continue reading

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‘A woman of rare talents and lofty character’

One of Sydney’s most interesting and important reformers was Maybanke Anderson, also known as Mrs Wolstenholme, and born Maybanke Selfe in England in 1845.  She was to become one of the best known women in Sydney, giving ‘freely her time, … Continue reading

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