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 history.
Until now the directory has usually been accessed through a microfiche
edition made by WF Pascoe Ltd which is available at many public libraries.
The City of Sydney has now obtained a complete digital edition of the
directory from WF Pascoe, scanned from the microfiche, and is making
it available for public access through their website. This is the first time
a complete set of Sands Sydney, Suburban and Country Commercial Directory has
been made available online.