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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...

The Art of the Scott Sisters

A few weeks ago Nicole talked about The Australian Museum which is 190 years old this year. An exhibition highlighting the work of two of the most prominent natural history illustrators in 19th century Australia is part of the Museum’s anniversary celebrations....

Sydney’s first theatre

When do you think Sydney got its first theatre? (Hint: it’s earlier than you might think.)  Listen now Sydney was still a fledgling penal colony when the first theatre was constructed in 1796. Yes, that’s right – 1796. This fact reminds us of the...

Our oldest museum turns 190!

Last Thursday it was the 190 years since the Australian Museum was established so today we thought we’d have a very quick look at the long history of our oldest museum. Listen now On 30 March 1827 the British Secretary of State for the Colonies, Earl Bathurst,...

The old Commodore, Billy Blue

A few weeks back, we looked at the early history of Americans in Sydney. At the time, I mentioned someone who is still referred to in our landscape, Billy Blue.                    Listen now Billy Blue came to Sydney in 1801 as a convict after stealing raw sugar for...

The Sydney Harbour Bridge turns 85!

Last Sunday was the 85th anniversary of the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. ‘The Coathanger’ has been a source of inspiration for Sydneysiders since construction began in the 1920s. Let’s take a look at its history on the Dictionary of Sydney! Listen now The...

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