Dictionary of Sydney goes live!

Dictionary of Sydney has gone live! The site is a must-visit for anyone researching Sydney. A simple browse of the entries gives an indication of the rich mass of information you’ll find in the Dictionary. Search for artefacts, buildings, events, natural features, organisations, people, places or structures. At present, the content amounts to more than 600,000 words. Anyone researching the history of Sydney will find the Dictionary an invaluable tool. This significant project has an exciting future. Log on at: www.dictionaryofsydney.org


Sydney's Italian fruit shops: a history

Where was your local Italian Fruit Shop?

Italian community agency Co.As.It. in collaboration with the Australian Centre for Public History at UTS have worked closely over a number of years with the families of Italian fruiterers, ‘the gatekeepers’ of the stories and images, to record the important legacy of Sydney’s Italian fruit shops. This collaboration has resulted in the following outcomes:-

– Over 40 oral history interviews
– A collection of over 150 photographs  
– A collection of items of memorabilia

A photographic exhibition  Sydney’s Italian Fruit Shops – Our Collective Memories will be launched at NSW Parliament House, Sydney in June 2010 and then move to Leichhardt for the period July – Sept 2010.

To accompany the exhibition Co.As.It. is creating an On-line Fruit Shop Register to facilitate the input of a wide range of Italian fruit shop data, photographs and memories. The on-line information will include:- Name of the original fruit shop, name of proprietors, street address, suburb, postcode and years of operation. There will also be a space for photos and a section to record reminiscences.

More info. on this exciting project can be found at: http://www.coasit.org.au/Heritage/Sydney-Italian-Fruit-Shops-Our-Collective-Memories.aspx

Inner Sydney stories. .

Enjoy a discussion on the history of Sydney’s inner suburbs. Hear about the development, people and architecture of Darlington, Paddington and the Hungry Mile with Joan Lawrence (The Sydney good walks guide); marvel at the background to the railways, wool stores and wharves of the Pyrmont peninsula with Hilary Golder (Pyrmont and Ultimo: Under siege); and enjoy a different perspective on Glebe, once a country retreat for affluent city families, with Max Solling (Grandeur and grit: A history of Glebe).

Tuesday 28 October, 5.30 pm for 6.00 pm

Dixson Room, Mitchell wing, State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney 

$15 (State Library Friends), $20 (seniors), $22, includes light refreshments
Bookings: 9273 14 14