House History

House History | Post Office Directories

The equivalent of present-day phone books. These directories are useful for finding out who lived at the address, and assist in building up a picture of the street. The major publisher of post office directories was Sands and MacDougall.

The first rule for working with this kind of source material is to go backwards from what is known. Aim to find out when a house first appears on a particular site. To ascertain the location, information may need to be pieced together as street numbers are not always given, and the numbering may have changed. Street names themselves change too. However, the directories will often mention the change. Generally, the directories provide the names, residences and occupations of the inhabitants.

The Sands Directory has been fully digitised and is available via the City of Sydney Council website.

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