The Santas of Sydney’s Christmas Past

Some of us still have the photos taken of us crying, having a tantrum or terrified while perched on the knee of the strange Santa at the shopping mall, his nylon beard glistening under neon lights. But what about those other Santa-like figures of Sydney’s Christmas...

The Explorer’s stump

On the southern side of the Great Western Highway just west of Katoomba is a colonial relic known as the Explorers’ Tree. But you would be forgiven for not recognising it as a tree. Today all that remains is a concrete stump on a rubble stone podium. Listen to...

The Governor’s Demesne

What did you last go to the Domain for? A protest? A concert? Perhaps a lunch break? For over two centuries the park has provided Sydneysiders with a space of their own.  Listen to Minna and Tess on 2SER here  The Domain was established by Governor Macquarie along...

The Witch of Kings Cross

Amidst the bohemian neighbourhood of Kings Cross in the mid 20th century, the self-proclaimed ‘witch’ Rosaleen Norton (1917-1979) was hard to miss; a crop of raven hair, thinly arched eyebrows and gap between her crooked teeth. Norton claimed she was born in a...

The Stolen Girls

Walking around Sydney’s wealthy suburbs it is easy to be seduced by beautiful heritage houses with their immaculate shingled gables, filigreed iron lace work balconies and stain glass windows. But behind closed doors some these grand houses hide a grim history....