Experience the History of Sydney


Great site from ABC InnovationSidetracks

It contains video footage (from ABC TV), image slide-shows and audio recordings (ABC radio) from Sydney’s past via an interactive map. (Google map mash-up)

View footage of the opening of the Opera House in the 70’s, or check out Paddington when Rock and Roll came to town in 1956, listen to old radio segments and view slide-shows of various places around Sydney shot decades ago.

Here’s a list of stories on the site.

It also has a place where users can upload thier own stories by uploading imagery, audio, or video content.

Additionally it has free mobile content (although not location  aware) via a downloadable application  for your phone so you can visit the places and listen to audio recorded at that place during significant events decades earlier.

Read transcripts of an interview with someone that worked on the project.


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