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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...

Sydney’s gas history

Energy supply and gas has been in the news a lot lately, so I thought it would be timely to take a look at Sydney’s gas history. Listen now The first gas street lights in Sydney were lit on 25 May, 1841, along with illuminations to mark Queen Victoria’s...

Mary Reibey: Australia’s pioneering businesswoman

Today is International Women’s Day and its also Women’s History Month, so with Rani at the helm at 2SER, let’s take a look at one of the Dictionary of Sydney’s most famous ladies – the convict turned wealthy businesswoman and familiar bespectacled face on...

Rowe Street

This Sunday, I am on a panel discussing Rowe Street as part of the public program for the Sydney Living Museums’ exhibition Demolished Sydney. Nicole mentioned the street when talking about the exhibition a few weeks ago, so I thought we’d look at it a bit...

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...

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