What is a Directory?
In general terms a directory is an extended version of our current day white
pages and yellow pages combined (without the telephone numbers). They list many
thousands of names, occupations and addresses ... but also so much more.
What information does this Directory contain?
John Sands formed several partnerships in Sydney and Melbourne. One was with his
brother-in-law Thomas Kenny, and together they produced an number of Sydney
Directories. 1858-59 was the first year publication for the Sydney Directory by
Sands and Kenny. This commercial and general directory is divided into various sections: Street directory,
Suburban directory, General Alphabetical directory, Trades and Professional
directory, Official, Legal, Clerical and Collegiate directory, Medical directory
How can this Directory help me?
A directory can not only give you the name, street address and occupation of a
person, but you can find out more about the place in which they lived, their
neighbours, the local stores of the time, what goods and services cost in that
era. You can find out details of the local churches, clubs and societies. Where
the local banks were and who were the doctors in the area.
- The alphabetical section lists the names of each head of household and
their street address. In many cases their occupation
is also listed.
- The suburban and street directories lists individuals and businesses alphabetically by
name of street and number for the larger populated regions.
- The trade and professional directories contain information on businesses
and companies, listed alphabetically by trade.
- The advertisements are a useful source of information as well.
What areas are covered by this Directory?
This directory covers Sydney and the suburbs of Balmain, Bishopsthorpe, Bondi,
Camperdown, Coogee, Cook's River Road, Darling Point, Double Bay, Glebe,
Nelson's Bay, Newtown, North Shore, O'Connell Town, Paddington, Randwick,
Redfern, Rose Bay, Rushcutter's Bay, South Head Roads, St Leonard's, Watson's
Bay and Waverley.
High quality scanned images of the whole of the original book. This CD has been bookmarked for easy navigation, and pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.