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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,...

A Humorous Rollerskater

To wrap up the Sydney Film Festival, I thought today we could look at the origins of cinema in Sydney. Listen now In 1896, in the early days of moving pictures, the innovative Lumière brothers in France decided to send trained people around the world to film everyday...

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...

Atmospheric cinema

The Sydney Film Festival starts tonight so I thought we’d talk about recreating an authentic early cinema experience!  Listen now Sydney Film Festival comes just once a year and its a great opportunity to see some great new films, and to visit...

The Dictionary of Sydney needs your help

The Dictionary of Sydney has been publishing freely accessible, reliable and authoritative information about Sydney’s history since November 2009. Every day we provide facts, information, images, multimedia, insights and stories about Sydney to thousands of...

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...

Letters of Complaint

2SER Breakfast listeners had a special treat today as Lisa talked about Letters of Complaint, just one of the projects she’s been working on in her role as the City Historian at the City of Sydney.  Listen now The City of Sydney Archives holds an extensive...

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...

Bricks!

They are one of the most ubiquitous building materials in Sydney, so you probably haven’t given them much thought, but the history of bricks in Sydney is actually rather fascinating!    Listen now The three large towers that we see at Sydney Park at the southern...

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