Historical dictionary of Sydney /
Arthur Emerson.
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2001.
lxiii, 563 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
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Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2001.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 481-562).
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Arthur Emerson (M.A., Religion, University of Iowa; M.I.L.S, University of Michigan) has been a reference librarian in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division of the Library of Congress since 1989
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Appeared in Choice on 2002-02-01:
The 2000 Olympic Games put to rest any doubt among Americans that Sydney is a world-class city. Though Scarecrow has often been criticized for the quality of some of its "Historical Dictionaries," this is an example of the task done right. Emerson (Australian subject specialist, Library of Congress) writes with great affection a thorough introduction to Sydney. Entries, alphabetically arranged, cover most topics of interest to Americans, including entries for major historical figures, place-names, and attractions. Emerson also supplies sturdy thematic essays on ethnic groups, historical events, and cultural topics. Several appendixes consist of statistical tables, but the most useful one is the 80-page topically arranged bibliography. A world-class book, for all collections. D. S. Azzolina University of Pennsylvania
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Emerson writes with great affection a thorough introduction of Sydney. Entries, alphabetically arranged, cover most topics of interest to Americans...A world-class book, for all collections.
The author's easy and clear style of writing makes this a work to be dipped into for pleasure, as well as being a useful though limited source of information on a wide variety of topics. Emerson has given us an interesting and useful one-volume work which deserves a place on personal book shelves as well as in public libraries. It will be well used....
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Bowker Data Service Summary
This historical dictionary offers an overall view of the city, its history, culture and people. There are historical sketches of major areas and geographic features and also an overview of notable institutions and architecture.
Long Description
Sydney has for much of its history been regarded as a relative backwater. Australia was far removed from the center of the British Empire and the British Commonwealth. It was considered peripheral by Europe and by the United States, and somewhat of an anomaly by Asia. Recently this has all changed. Australia has become increasingly culturally and commercially oriented toward Asia and the 2000 Sydney Olympics has thrust the city into the international spotlight. This historical dictionary is not a guide book, but it provides an overall view of the city, its history, its culture, and it's people. There are historical and current sketches of major areas and geographic features and an overview of notable institutions and architectural works. The chronology is an excellent reference and overview. It also includes a broad and wide-ranging bibliography of literature.
Long Description
The Historical Dictionary of Sydney aims to provide both specialists and general interest readers with a scholarly reference to Sydney's rich and diverse history, as well as a general introduction to the city. It is intended for an international English-speaking audience.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Editor's Forewordp. xi
Reader's Notesp. xiii
Acronyms and Abbreviationsp. xv
Mapsp. xvi
Chronologyp. xxi
Introductionp. xxxv
Landmarks of Sydneyp. lxiv
The Dictionaryp. 1
Population of Sydney and Surrounding Communitiesp. 451
Mayors and Lord Mayors of Sydneyp. 459
Anglican Bishops and Archbishops of Sydneyp. 465
Catholic Archbishops of Sydneyp. 467
Variant Spellings of Aboriginal Namesp. 469
Periodicals from and about Sydneyp. 471
Slang, Nicknames, and Catchphrases from Sydneyp. 479
Bibliographyp. 481
About the Authorp. 563
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