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‘The past lives on’:Paul Keating’s Redfern speech

Last Sunday it was exactly 25 years since the former Prime Minister Paul Keating gave a momentous speech at Redfern Park in 1992 to launch the United Nations International Year of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.  It became known as the Redfern Address and it was...

Everything old is new again

Last week on 2SER Breakfast Nicole talked about the development of the City Circle line, and over the weekend an amazing new work made up of the old timber treads from the original escalators by artist Chris Fox was installed at Wynyard station. The escalators were...

Sydney’s City Circle

This week saw a massive overhaul of Sydney’s public transport timetables, and this, along with the ongoing construction works around the city and suburbs have left many of us feeling a bit overwhelmed. Today we thought we’d look at the history of one of...

YES, YES, YES!!

It was an historic moment last Wednesday when it was announced that the Australian people had voted overwhelmingly in favour of marriage equality. The Dictionary of Sydney has a number of articles that chart the history of the gay and lesbian community in Sydney....

‘Sydney’s best kept secret’: Yaralla estate

Did you know ‘the most significant, suburban Edwardian estate in NSW’ is in Concord West, on the banks of the Parramatta River? Yaralla Estate, sometimes referred to as ‘Sydney’s best kept secret’, was once at the centre of this city’s social scene as local historian,...

Our City: 175 years in 175 objects

This morning on 2SER, Lisa  talked to Nic about the fantastic exhibition she’s been working on which commemorates the City of Sydney Council’s 175th anniversary . This major exhibition, which Lisa has put together with the City’s Archivist and...

The​ ​Lucy​ ​Osburn-Nightingale​ ​Museum

Sydney Living Museums’ wonderful event Sydney Open is coming up on 4 and 5 November, where the doors of more than 60 of the city’s most important and intriguing buildings and spaces will be open to the public for one weekend. One of my favourites is the...

Inaugural Coral Thomas Fellowship Lecture

On 19 October, Dr Rebe Taylor, the State Library of New South Wales’ current Coral Thomas Fellow, will deliver the inaugural lecture on her recent findings. In the early 1830s, surveyor John Helder Wedge collected early south-eastern Aboriginal wooden artefacts...

Sydney’s coffee obsession

Sunday 1 October was International Coffee Day and we certainly love our coffee in Australia. Historian Garry Wotherspoon has written an article in the Dictionary of Sydney about how our city’s obsession with coffee came to be, despite our tea-drinking origins. Listen...

A distinguished lady doctor

Today on 2SER Breakfast we looked at the inspiring tale of Sydney’s first female medical student, Dagmar Berne. It’s not really a happy story, but this resilient and generous woman made an important and interesting contribution to Sydney’s history....

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