Edward Smith Hall and The Monitor

This week on 2SER Breakfast, Dr Rachel Franks and host Tess Connery talked about the founders of one of Sydney’s earliest newspapers, Edward Smith Hall.  Listen to the audio of Tess and Rachel’s conversation on 2SER here  Newspapers have long been an... read more

Sailors, Spies and Sydney Stairs

Surely few stairways in Sydney have seen as much drama as the McElhone Stairs. Constructed in 1904, the 113 sandstone stairs loom over Brougham Street and the naval base below in Woolloomooloo. It soon became a well-worn path for everyone from sailors, residents,... 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

The State Library of New South Wales
Discover Central Station's deep dark history 💀

Our new exhibition 'Dead Central' is now open.

Take a journey back to the 19th century, to a place where Sydney buried its dead.

The haunting story of the Devonshire Street Cemetery is told through a 35-minute audio recording using your own device.

BYO headphones for the best sound experience 🎧

A free exhibition at the State Library of NSW, until 17 November 2019.

More info here: www.sl.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/dead-central
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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. http://dictionaryofsydney.org/image/97526

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