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The Trouble with Harry

As part of the 2017 Mardi Gras festival, there’s an interesting play showing at the Seymour Centre called The Trouble with Harry. The play revolves around the fascinating figure of Harry Crawford, who was convicted of murdering his wife in 1920. Harry was born a woman...

Trump that! Early American connections to Sydney

At the moment it seems that almost every news bulletin is headlined with another Trump edict. The American Australian alliance is a 20th century phenomenon that frequently celebrates ‘the ties that bind us’. And if we look bck in Sydney’s history we...

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...

Housekeeping

As of December 2016, the Dictionary of Sydney office is no longer based at Benledi House on Glebe Point Road. We are sad to be leaving our fellow Benledi residents and this great community, and encourage you all to head down Glebe Point Road to check out the newly...

Ice! Ice! Ice!

Welcome back to the Dictionary on 2ser radio in 2017! This week Lisa & Nic talked about ice… Listen now We’ve been in heatwave conditions lately, and there is nothing like an icy cold drink to quench your thirst. We didn’t always have...

Sydenham Drainage Pit and Pumping Station No.001

This week on 2SER, special guest Dr Megan Hicks, Dictionary of Sydney author, museum consultant,  Adjunct Fellow with the Urban Studies Program at Western Sydney University and lover of urban imaginaries and neglected places, joined Nic to talk about an Inner West...

Sydney’s Lost Cemeteries

We’re very excited here at Dictionary HQ this week as Dr Lisa Murray (our former chair, Dictionary contributor, City of Sydney Historian, renowned taphophile and absolute all-round legend) has just launched her book Sydney Cemeteries: A Field Guide (published by...

Inscriptions from our past

This week on 2SER Breakfast, Nic talked to a special guest of the Dictionary. Peter Hobbins is an historian of science, technology and medicine at the University of Sydney (who has recently written an entry for the Dictionary on naturalist JS Bray – stay tuned...

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,...

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