The City of Sydney Archives has made the complete set of Sands
available and searchable online. Access is free via the link below.
The firm of John Sands Ltd (Printers and Stationers) published their
directory each year from 1858-59 to 1932-33 (except for 1872, 1874, 1878
and 1881). The household and business information it contains has become
a fundamental source for research into Sydney history, especially family
Until now the directory has usually been accessed through a microfiche
edition made by WF Pascoe Ltd which is available at many public
libraries, including Goulburn Mulwaree Library.
The City of Sydney has a complete digital edition of the directory from
WF Pascoe, scanned from the microfiche, and is making it available for
public access through the City of Sydney website. This is the first time
a complete set of Sands Sydney Suburban & Country Commercial
Directory has been made available online.
This complete digital directory offers researchers easier and more
convenient access. It includes search capability not available when using
the microfiche. It's an important addition to the range of archival
source material the City of Sydney makes available online through their