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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...

Life and death in Sydney’s early hospitals

The History Council of NSW’s annual festival, History Week, will start this weekend, and as this year’s theme is ‘Life and Death’, we thought we’d take a look at some of Sydney’s early hospitals, places that have always borne close witness to life and...

The Electrical Association for Women

Electricity has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately – coal fired power stations and climate change, high electricity bills, and political leadership, so let’s look back to a time in Sydney’s history when electricity was a novelty and...

The island laboratory

  Our picturesque Sydney Harbour has 13 islands, each with its own fascinating history. Cockatoo Island, Garden Island and Fort Denison all come to mind as popular attractions, but perhaps not as well known is an island that was once converted into a laboratory...

Eora fisherwomen

Yesterday Governor David Hurley and Lord Mayor Clover Moore unveiled plans for a major new artwork overlooking Sydney Harbour on the Tarpeian Precinct Lawn above Dubbagullee (also known as Bennelong Point) that will celebrate and honour the clans of the Eora nation. I...

Historic Sydenham pub gutted by fire

On Monday we heard that the General Gordon Hotel in Sydenham had been gutted by a ferocious fire, its roof collapsing under the strain. The pub was built 86 years ago and was undergoing renovations when it was engulfed by flames and a piece of Sydney’s pub...

The murder of Joseph Luker

This morning on 2SER Breakfast, Dr Rachel Franks talked to Tess Connery about Australia’s oldest cold case, the murder of Constable Joseph Luker, who was the first police officer killed in the line of duty in New South Wales.  Listen to Rachel and Tess on 2SER...

Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders

The NSW State Archives and Records’ exhibition Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders features fascinating stories of women trailblazers in the public sector. Listen to Nicole and Tess on 2SER here.  Among the many inspiring women featured in the exhibition is Margaret...

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