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Dictionary of Sydney: Letter of Complaints

What were Sydneysiders complaining about in the late 1800’s? Thanks to the City of Sydney, a digitised and cataloged database of letters of complaints received by residents, businesses and colonial government during 1843-1899 shows us that they complained about everything—including traffic!

Dr Lisa Murray from Dictionary of Sydney joined Nic to discuss some of these complaints. She’s also just completed a six-part podcast series that explores a series of 19th century correspondence, and includes some dramatisations of these letters of complaints.

And yes, feel free to pass on the rumour that all of Woolloomooloo feral goats got sent to goat island to live happily ever after. It’s a much nicer idea than what probably occurred…

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