International Day for Monuments and Sites

Today, April 18, is International Day for Monuments and Sites, a time when people around the world celebrate historical, spiritual , and cultural heritage. It’s been going since 1983, run by an international organisation called ICOMOS, promoting the...

Women commemorated by Sydney’s suburbs

As an historian, I’m always interested in how we shape our cities and how we get the names we get. Earlier this week I was looking at the city’s street names and noticing how few, comparatively, were named after women. Looking further afield at...

21st Biennale of Sydney

For all its headlines and cutting edge art, the Sydney Biennale is not a new thing. It is a well-established (some might say entrenched) fixture on the Sydney art scene. In fact, the Biennale of Sydney is the third oldest biennale in the world after Venice...

International Women’s Day 2018

March 8 is International Women’s Day and today Lisa and Nic looked at three very different women who have shaped Sydney’s history, culture and society. Listen to Lisa and Nic on 2SER here  The Dictionary’s content includes hundreds of biographies of...

Mugshots 1920s style

A few weeks ago I talked about the Registry of Flashmen which was compiled by William Miles, a police commissioner who used the latest surveillance techniques of the 1840s to understand the local criminal class. Fast forward 80 years to the 1920s, and New South Wales...