Anniversary Day, Australia Day, Survival Day, Invasion Day

The debate about the name and date of Australia Day has been contested for a very long time, and remains as topical as ever. Many members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community call it Survival Day, while for many others it’s Invasion Day. Let’s take a...

Demolished Sydney

There’s an interesting exhibition on at the Museum of Sydney at the moment called ‘Demolished Sydney: Georgian town to global city’. It features the buildings and places that once shaped the city’s skyline and were demolished to make way for change. This week on 2SER,...

The Royal Commission into Noxious and Offensive Trades

There have been many current and proposed Royal Commissions in the news lately, so I thought I’d take a look in the Dictionary of Sydney to see what I could find. There’s a fascinating article on the Royal Commission into Noxious and Offensive Trades 1882, courtesy of...

Sydney’s shipwrecks

Last week news broke that HMS Terror, the long-lost ship of British polar explorer (and former Governor of Tasmania) Sir John Franklin, has been found 168 years after its sinking. I thought I’d delve into the Dictionary of Sydney and explore some of Sydney’s...

Colonial neighbours: Reynolds’ cottages

Did you know there are three cottages side by side on Harrington Street in The Rocks which have survived for 187 years! Writer and historian, Melissa Holmes, has researched extensively about Reynolds’ cottages and their previous inhabitants for the Dictionary of...