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Grab your partners for the Balmain Polka

November is AusMusic Month and so today I thought we should look back at some early Australian popular music and one of the early music composers in Sydney. Graeme Skinner at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music has been researching the history of music in colonial...

Remembrance Day: 100 years on

Last Sunday, 11 November, marked 100 years since the official end of World War I. Initially called Armistice Day, it became known as Remembrance Day after the end of World War II. An article in the Dictionary by Dr Neil Radford has described what that day was like...

A day at the races

Lisa and Tess are both back this week on 2SER Breakfast and given yesterday’s sporting news from Melbourne, they thought they’d have a look at Sydney’s first racecourse and the surprising way it continues to influence horseracing in New South Wales...

The Sprite of the Creek

It’s Halloween, so in keeping with the season, today we’re sharing a very Sydney ghost story. Join Dictionary of Sydney special guest Dr Rachel Franks and host Jess Klajman around the 2SER breakfast camp fire and settle in…  Listen to the audio of...

Posters, ghost signs and billboards

Australia has certainly had its share of memorable advertising, with this week’s use of the Sydney Opera House as a ‘billboard’ without a doubt one of the most controversial. This week we thought we’d have a very quick look at history of outdoor...

The Mitchell Library’s new galleries

It’s a VERY exciting week to be an historian in Sydney this week with the opening of the new galleries and a learning centre in the historic Mitchell Library wing of the State Library of New South Wales, so today I thought we’d take a look back at the...

Murder most foul: the Sussex Street Mystery

This week on 2SER Breakfast, the Dictionary’s special guest Dr Catie Gilchrist talked to Tess about one of the stories she’s come across during her work as a Fellow at the State Library of New South Wales into colonial coroner’s inquests. The Sussex...

Keith Kinnaird Mackellar

Most Australians associate the name Mackellar with Dorothea, the writer of one of our most beloved poems. But today we’re looking an another Mackellar, Dorothea’s older brother, Keith Kinnaird Mackellar. The Dictionary of Sydney’s recently published a new...

Devonshire Street Cemetery

Last night Lisa gave the Annual History Lecture for History Week 2018, and in keeping with the theme of Life and Death, spoke about ‘Warnings from the grave: Death, glory and memory in Australian cemeteries’ in which she discussed cemeteries as storehouses...

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