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Sydney’s Oldest Unsolved Murders

When people talk about the convicts sent to Australia across the early years of colonisation, there are two dominant stories that emerge. There’s the story of the unjustly treated convict: driven, by poverty, to steal basic supplies such as clothing and food to...

The Stolen Girls

Walking around Sydney’s wealthy suburbs it is easy to be seduced by beautiful heritage houses with their immaculate shingled gables, filigreed iron lace work balconies and stain glass windows. But behind closed doors some these grand houses hide a grim history....

Koori Knockout

This week is NAIDOC week, and as it happens, the decider for the State of Origin rugby league, so what better topic then the Koori Knockout and Aboriginal Rugby League?  Listen to Mark and Julia on 2SER here  Aboriginal players in the NRL are some of the best and most...

Thar She Blows!

Whales have been in the news of late, given that it’s the whale migration season and that Japan has just withdrawn from the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, so today on 2SER Breakfast Lisa and Julia had another look at the history of...

Australia’s first serial killer

This week on 2SER Breakfast, Tess talked to Dr Rachel Franks about the ‘al-fresco murderer’ Frank Butler, who was possibly Australia’s first serial killer.  Listen to Rachel and Tess on 2SER here  Of all the different types of criminals, it’s the...

The Last Snake Man of La Perouse

This week on 2SER Breakfast, Tess talked to Minna Muhlen-Schulte about George Cann, the ‘snake man of La Perouse’.  Listen to Minna and Tess on 2SER here  For just over 100 years, down at the ‘La Pa Loop’ snake men could be seen draped in Australia’s...

High rise living

In the latest census data available, Sydney has over 450,000 flats, units or apartments making up 28% of the domestic buildings. This is nearly double the state average. Another 54,000 are expected to be built in the next year alone. In certain areas there are more...

On your bike!

Monday just been (3 June) was officially World Bicycle Day. You say you’ve never heard of it? Well, neither had I until the Dictionary of Sydney tweeted about it on Monday! Sure enough, it is a relatively new international day declared by the United Nations. (It...

Edward Smith Hall and The Monitor

This week on 2SER Breakfast, Dr Rachel Franks and host Tess Connery talked about the founders of one of Sydney’s earliest newspapers, Edward Smith Hall.  Listen to the audio of Tess and Rachel’s conversation on 2SER here  Newspapers have long been an...

Sailors, Spies and Sydney Stairs

Surely few stairways in Sydney have seen as much drama as the McElhone Stairs. Constructed in 1904, the 113 sandstone stairs loom over Brougham Street and the naval base below in Woolloomooloo. It soon became a well-worn path for everyone from sailors, residents,...

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