Decorating the city

It’s getting very festive around the city as Christmas approaches so today we thought we’d look at one of the city’s biggest Christmas traditions! Listen to Nicole and Tess on 2SER here  The trappings of the northern hemisphere’s white...

Whaling in Sydney

Over the weekend we heard that more than 140 whales had died after becoming stranded on a New Zealand beach. It’s a sad story and reminded us that whaling was for many years one of Sydney’s (and Australia’s) main industries, so today we thought we’d...

Remembrance Day: 100 years on

Last Sunday, 11 November, marked 100 years since the official end of World War I. Initially called Armistice Day, it became known as Remembrance Day after the end of World War II. An article in the Dictionary by Dr Neil Radford has described what that day was like...

Posters, ghost signs and billboards

Australia has certainly had its share of memorable advertising, with this week’s use of the Sydney Opera House as a ‘billboard’ without a doubt one of the most controversial. This week we thought we’d have a very quick look at history of outdoor...

Keith Kinnaird Mackellar

Most Australians associate the name Mackellar with Dorothea, the writer of one of our most beloved poems. But today we’re looking an another Mackellar, Dorothea’s older brother, Keith Kinnaird Mackellar. The Dictionary of Sydney’s recently published a new...