Chinese New Year

Tuesday was the official day of Chinese New Year, a festival that has been celebrated for generations in Sydney,  so today I thought we’d look at the long history of Chinese people in Sydney. Listen to the whole conversation with Lisa and Tess on 2SER here ... read more

‘the flying fairy and empress of the air’

There are some fascinating women in the Dictionary of Sydney. Among those is one who went by many stage names during her stellar career as a gymnast, trapeze artist, vaudeville performer and costume designer. Listen to Nicole and Tess on 2SER here  Kate Rickards was... read more


FREE downloadable units of study linked to the Australian history curriculum here.


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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).


The free Dictionary of Sydney app for your mobile device has four self directed walking tours for you to explore. Click here for details.


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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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