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...

Life and death in Sydney’s early hospitals

The History Council of NSW’s annual festival, History Week, will start this weekend, and as this year’s theme is ‘Life and Death’, we thought we’d take a look at some of Sydney’s early hospitals, places that have always borne close witness to life and...

The island laboratory

  Our picturesque Sydney Harbour has 13 islands, each with its own fascinating history. Cockatoo Island, Garden Island and Fort Denison all come to mind as popular attractions, but perhaps not as well known is an island that was once converted into a laboratory...

Historic Sydenham pub gutted by fire

On Monday we heard that the General Gordon Hotel in Sydenham had been gutted by a ferocious fire, its roof collapsing under the strain. The pub was built 86 years ago and was undergoing renovations when it was engulfed by flames and a piece of Sydney’s pub...