A Walk Through Convict Parramatta

by Michaela Ann Cameron Last year the Dictionary of Sydney released its debut historic walking tour Old Irish Sydney on the free Dictionary of Sydney Walks app. Using the Old Irish Sydney app got me excited about the way multimodal technology has the ability to put... read more

‘With a love like that’: the Beatles hit Sydney

I can’t quite believe it’s been just over 50 years since the Beatles first performed in Sydney but as a new article written by Kim Hanna for the Dictionary records, it was “at 6.30am on the morning of 11 June 1964, The Beatles flew into Sydney’s... read more
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Platypus young circa 1914 by naturalist, photographer and comedian Harry Burrell.
Burrell is most famous for being the first person to successfully keep and breed platypuses in captivity. His 'platypusary' was used for the first time in 1910 to show live platypuses at the Moore Park Zoo in Sydney. In 1922, Burrell and his platypusary travelled to the Bronx Zoo in New York, the first time a living platypus had been seen outside Australia.
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Given the interest in what lies beneath the streets of Sydney, here's an earlier view of some of the tunnels under our feet! Built in 1857, and still in use for stormwater. 'Making the new sewer in Pitt Street' 1857, from the National Library of Australia [nla.pic-an8021132] ... See MoreSee Less

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The Antenna International Documentary Film Festival opens in Sydney tonight. Some amazing films are in the program - best to book tickets asap if you haven't already! For tickets, visit or download the Antenna app. Get in fast to see these incredible films on the big-screen.
With over 45 local and international documentaries, the program includes an incredible mix of films that are fantastic, funny, provocative and wildly creative.
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