Historic meets modern at Sydney Open

It’s on again this Sunday, 6 November! Sydney Open is your chance to be a sticky beak and see some of Sydney’s most historic, striking and modern commercial buildings, along with our most beloved public buildings. Sydney Town Hall will be open. This year...

Scandalous Music

I was wandering around Camperdown Cemetery the other day when I came across an impressive altar tomb which had a large statue on top featuring a (decapitated) mourning figure kneeling before a tree and harp. I peered at the inscription and saw that it commemorated...

Have you ever been to see Kings Cross?

Comic entertainer Frankie Davidson asked Australians in 1963 ‘Have you ever been to see Kings Cross?’ Whether you’ve been there or not, you probably know something about the Cross from its reputation and clubs: from Les Girls to Sweethearts. Kings...

The Garden Palace, objects and memories

On 17 September 1879 the Sydney International Exhibition opened in the newly built Garden Palace in the Botanic Gardens, along with a number of other pavilions in the gardens and Domain. The Sydney International Exhibition was Sydney’s coming out to the world as...

Sydney sayings

You may have heard that a second edition of the Australian National Dictionary was released just the other day. The Australian National Dictionary “is a Dictionary of Australianisms, and includes words and meanings that have originated in Australia, or that have...