Sydney’s first theatre

When do you think Sydney got its first theatre? (Hint: it’s earlier than you might think.)  Listen now Sydney was still a fledgling penal colony when the first theatre was constructed in 1796. Yes, that’s right – 1796. This fact reminds us of the...

The old Commodore, Billy Blue

A few weeks back, we looked at the early history of Americans in Sydney. At the time, I mentioned someone who is still referred to in our landscape, Billy Blue.                    Listen now Billy Blue came to Sydney in 1801 as a convict after stealing raw sugar for...

Sydney’s gas history

Energy supply and gas has been in the news a lot lately, so I thought it would be timely to take a look at Sydney’s gas history. Listen now The first gas street lights in Sydney were lit on 25 May, 1841, along with illuminations to mark Queen Victoria’s...

Rowe Street

This Sunday, I am on a panel discussing Rowe Street as part of the public program for the Sydney Living Museums’ exhibition Demolished Sydney. Nicole mentioned the street when talking about the exhibition a few weeks ago, so I thought we’d look at it a bit...

Trump that! Early American connections to Sydney

At the moment it seems that almost every news bulletin is headlined with another Trump edict. The American Australian alliance is a 20th century phenomenon that frequently celebrates ‘the ties that bind us’. And if we look bck in Sydney’s history we...