Dictionary of Sydney

The Dictionary of Sydney was archived in 2021.

Saccostrea glomerata (Sydney rock oyster )

Sydney's famous native rock oyster that are endemic to the east coast of Australia. They inhabit sheltered estuaries and bays, and have a smooth, thick shell.


Sydney rock oysters

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Gathered by Aboriginal people for thousands of years before the Europeans arrived, Sydney oysters became a farmed product in the 1870s and remain a popular seafood.