Sydney Directory 1863, 1865, 1875, 1902, 1913 (Sands)

Directories are a great resource for genealogists, social and local historians. They can give you so much interesting information about a person and the place they lived in. The Sands' directories are among the most comprehensive and best known of Australian directories.

1863

This 1863 Sands' Commercial and General Sydney Directory contains 13 directories in one. This will be a useful reference for all with connections to the region at this time.

The following is included:

  • Street Directory (lists houses/businesses street-by-street, together with the head of the household and occupation)

  • Suburban Directory (lists persons in the suburbs alphabetically by surname, together with their address, and sometimes occupation) 

  • Alphabetical Directory (lists persons in Sydney alphabetically by surname, together with their address, and sometimes occupation) 

  • Trade and Professional Directory (occupations are listed alphabetically, with a listing of each person, and address - similar to current day yellow pages) 

  • Bank and Public Companies 

  • Various Companies 

  • Artistic, Literary, Scientific, and Benevolent Institutions 

  • Masonic Institutions 

  • Government and Official Directory 

  • Ecclesiastical Directory 

  • Legal Directory 

  • Medical Directory 

  • Municipal Directory

Major suburbs of Sydney that are included are Balmain, Bishopsthorpe, Bondi, Camperdown, Coogee, Cook's River Road, Darling Point, Double Bay, Enmore, Glebe, Kingston, Manly, Marrickville, Newtown, North Shore, Paddington, Petersham, Randwick, Redfern, Rose Bay, Ruchcutters' Bay, Shepher's Paddocks, South Head Roads, Stanmore, Waterloo, Waverley and Woollahra.

1865

1865 was the fifth year of release for the Sand's Sydney Directory". Similar in style to earlier years, this one contains 13 directories in one. Covering both Sydney and its suburbs, this will be a useful reference for all with connections to the region at this time. Also included is a small Almanac section which lists 'Remarkable Events' for every day of the year.


You will find the following included:

  • Street Directory (lists houses/businesses street-by-street, together with the head of the household and occupation) 

  • Suburban Directory (lists persons in the suburbs alphabetically by surname, together with their address, and sometimes occupation) 

  • Alphabetical Directory (lists persons in Sydney alphabetically by surname, together with their address, and sometimes occupation) 

  • Trade and Professional Directory (occupations are listed alphabetically, with a listing of each person, and address - similar to current day yellow pages) 

  • Banks, Insurance and Other Companies 

  • Artistic, Literary, Scientific, and Benevolent Institutions 

  • Masonic Institutions 

  • Government and Official Directory 

  • Ecclesiastical Directory 

  • Legal Directory 

  • Medical Directory 

  • Municipal Directory 

  • Colonial Directory (contains details on heads of parliament and governmental positions for each Australian state, and New Zealand) 

  • Hundreds of advertisements are also included, which make for interested reading in themselves! 

1875

The full title is "Sands Sydney and Suburban Directory for 1875 containing street, alphabetical, trade and professional directory together with a miscellaneous directory of useful information". The directory also includes many pages of advertisements, which are all useful information, often including names of people and places.

1902

Directories are a valuable resource for local, family and social historians as well as for researchers in other fields of Australian history. This Sands Sydney directory contains towns, alphabetical, trade and miscellaneous sections which lists the names, addresses and professions of most people in Sydney in 1902. It also includes a street guide for some of the major towns and separate directories on education, ecclesiastical, government and European manufactures.

Directories are an extremely useful tool for establishing when and where a person lived, however this is just a starting point, look further in the directory to find out more information about the society in which they lived, the occupation they held and the people they knew.

1913

The 1913 directory of Sydney is fully titled 'Sands Sydney, Suburban and Country Directory for 1913 comprising, amongst other information, street, alphabetical, trade and professional, country towns, country alphabetical, pastoral, educational, governmental, parliamentary, law and miscellaneous lists.'
The directory also includes several indexes to different sections, other lists as well as many pages of advertisements, all useful information, often including names of people and places. Being fully searchable and well set out, this directory is easy to navigate making it a useful resource for family historians.