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...

The Electrical Association for Women

Electricity has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately – coal fired power stations and climate change, high electricity bills, and political leadership, so let’s look back to a time in Sydney’s history when electricity was a novelty and...

Eora fisherwomen

Yesterday Governor David Hurley and Lord Mayor Clover Moore unveiled plans for a major new artwork overlooking Sydney Harbour on the Tarpeian Precinct Lawn above Dubbagullee (also known as Bennelong Point) that will celebrate and honour the clans of the Eora nation. I...

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...