Keith Kinnaird Mackellar

Most Australians associate the name Mackellar with Dorothea, the writer of one of our most beloved poems. But today we’re looking an another Mackellar, Dorothea’s older brother, Keith Kinnaird Mackellar. The Dictionary of Sydney’s recently published a new... read more


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PIC: Man reading newspaper on deck of ferry approaching Circular Quay, 1906. By Harold Cazneaux. Contributed by National Library of Australia (nla.pic-an23242011).


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The Dictionary of Sydney

We're excited to be hosting Emeritus Professor Judith Brett for the Blackheath History Forum's next session on Saturday September 29. She will be speaking about her National Biography Award winning book 'The Enigmatic Mr Deakin' about Alfred Deakin—scholar, spiritualist and Australia's second prime minister. Widely regarded as one of the very best political biographies written in Australia 'The Enigmatic Mr Deakin' examines both Deakin's private and public life from his impact on national policy to his penchant for writing in the newspaper about himself under a pseudonym. Blackheath Public School, doors open 3.30 for afternoon tea, talk begins 4 pm sharp. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Dictionary of Sydney

Dust is a stunning exhibition at Woodford Academy - National Trust of Australia NSW, curated by artist (and the Dictionary of Sydney's former editor) Jacqueline Spedding that engages with the idea of collection care while at the same time examining the lives and activities of insects, with works from artists and museum professionals. It's only open select days for a short time, so plan around it! microscopic films by artist Cat Jones are currently inhabiting the ink wells of the Academy's school desks...

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Mrs ‘Manx’ Morgan, who drove with her 55 cats from Sydney to Adelaide and back again, had a shop with all her cats called Frivolous Felines in Her Majesty’s Arcade - there’s a longer video here:

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Detail from MS Hill's 1888 map 'The City of Sydney',  a birds-eye view over the city looking to the south and west across Darling Harbour.

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