Ocean baths

Ocean baths are abundant in Sydney and along the New South Wales coast, reflecting our love of the ocean and, perhaps, an ambivalence towards the surf. These man-made pools filled with ocean water grew in popularity in the late 19th century and to this day offer...

Grab your partners for the Balmain Polka

November is AusMusic Month and so today I thought we should look back at some early Australian popular music and one of the early music composers in Sydney. Graeme Skinner at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music has been researching the history of music in colonial...

A day at the races

Lisa and Tess are both back this week on 2SER Breakfast and given yesterday’s sporting news from Melbourne, they thought they’d have a look at Sydney’s first racecourse and the surprising way it continues to influence horseracing in New South Wales...

The Mitchell Library’s new galleries

It’s a VERY exciting week to be an historian in Sydney this week with the opening of the new galleries and a learning centre in the historic Mitchell Library wing of the State Library of New South Wales, so today I thought we’d take a look back at the...

Devonshire Street Cemetery

Last night Lisa gave the Annual History Lecture for History Week 2018, and in keeping with the theme of Life and Death, spoke about ‘Warnings from the grave: Death, glory and memory in Australian cemeteries’ in which she discussed cemeteries as storehouses...