Isaac Nathan – ‘Australia’s first composer’

The Dictionary of Sydney chronicles the lives of some of Sydney’s most fascinating people. Isaac Nathan, who was hailed as ‘Australia’s first composer’ despite being the English-born son of a Polish synagogue cantor, was a prolific composer, conductor, and publisher,...

Sydney’s grand General Post Office

It was announced recently that Australia Post has secured a deal to sell one of Sydney’s grandest heritage buildings – the General Post Office in Martin Place, a Renaissance style building in one of the city’s busiest squares.   Listen now During the 1830s, the...

Convict travels

Today’s Dictionary of Sydney segment on 2SER was inspired by the fascinating article that recently appeared in The Guardian (here) about an amateur historian in Japan who uncovered evidence that a story long thought to be myth – that a ship commandeered by...

On the buses

There’s been a lot of talk this week about Sydney’s buses and the NSW Government’s plans to privatise a section of the network. As historian Garry Wotherspoon points out in his article in the Dictionary of Sydney, Sydney’s bus network has always been a source of...