Dictionary of Sydney

The Dictionary of Sydney was archived in 2021.

Martin Place

Wide street running through Sydney's centre, from the General Post Office at the George Street end, and completed when Sydney City Council resumed property to extend the street all the way to Macquarie Street in the 1930s. Lined with elegant buildings of grand design and lavish materials it has been entirely pedestrian since 1979.

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Martin Place


A pedestrian street created in stages from the 1980s to the 1970s, Martin Place has been called the heart of the city.

Christmas in Martin Place

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The Christmas tree in Martin Place, a fixture of Sydney's festive season, is a relatively recent addition to the landscape of the city, dating from 1971 when Martin Place was first converted into a pedestrian space. It is, however, a continuation of older traditions in the city.

Reserve Bank of Australia Building, 65 Martin Place, Sydney


The Reserve Bank building on Martin Place was designed in 1959 to establish a distinct public profile for the new institution in order to ensure its public recognition and confidence. Its position at the junction of Martin Place and Macquarie Street complements its identity as an organisation that is central to the functioning of the Australian economy, but also an institution that represents the interests of the Australian people and remains accountable to them.

Lindt Café Siege 2014


The Lindt Café siege was a terrorist attack that took place in a restaurant in Martin Place over seventeen hours on 15–16 December 2014.