The Dictionary of Sydney was archived in 2021.
Writing in Sydney
The Sydney Writers’ Festival is underway, with a range of interesting events centred around storytelling and the nice tagline ‘it’s thinking season’. So I thought I’d take a look at the history of the written word in our city. The Dictionary has a wonderfully detailed essay on the history of writing in Sydney by Elizabeth Webby, Professor of Australian Literature, at the University of Sydney. In it she reveals some rather interesting facts. Did you know:
- from the moment the First Fleet landed the race was on to see who could get the first accounts of settlement to London publishers
- printing presses arrived in Sydney with the First Fleet but the first newspaper didn't go to press until 1803
- the pleasures of Sydney have provided inspirations to poets since the early years of the colony
- the first novel was published in Australia in 1838
- from the high to the low, Australia's first detective novel was published in 1842.