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The Governor’s Demesne

What did you last go to the Domain for? A protest? A concert? Perhaps a lunch break? For over two centuries the park has provided Sydneysiders with a space of their own.  Listen to Minna and Tess on 2SER here  The Domain was established by Governor Macquarie along...

Fifty years of Kaldor Public Art Projects

This year Kaldor Public Art Projects is marking fifty years of challenging and surprising Sydneysiders with large scale, public and interactive art. Listen to the whole conversation with Mark and Sean on 2SER here John Kaldor AO arrived in Sydney in the post-war...

Memory, Love and Gothic Horror

It’s History Week and this year’s theme is ‘Memory and Landscapes’. And there is no better way to think about memory and landscapes than to delve into the history of Sydney’s cemeteries. Listen to the whole conversation with Lisa and Tess...

Archaeology in Sydney

This morning on 2SER Breakfast, Dr Tim Owen from GML Heritage talked to Tess about his work as an archaeologist in Sydney. Listen to Tim and Tess on 2SER here  Archaeologists in Sydney work across many different fields. Historical archaeology looks at the period from...

The Witch of Kings Cross

Amidst the bohemian neighbourhood of Kings Cross in the mid 20th century, the self-proclaimed ‘witch’ Rosaleen Norton (1917-1979) was hard to miss; a crop of raven hair, thinly arched eyebrows and gap between her crooked teeth. Norton claimed she was born in a...

PN Russell

There is virtually nothing in Sydney that has not, at some stage, had the hand of an engineer pass over it. The designs of our roads, bridges, buildings, houses, cars, buses, chairs, bollards, even the sound of a band and acoustics of a concert have all had...

What does Margaret say?

An officially decreed Australian Living Treasure (aka an Aussie icon) died on 24 July. Her name? Margaret Fulton. Listen to the whole conversation with Lisa and Tess on 2SER here   Now, I’m a bit of a collector of Sydney cookery books, so it won’t...

Hollywood nights

Doris Goddard, the glamorous publican of the iconic Hollywood Hotel in Surry Hills, died last week at the age of 89. On Friday on 2SER Breakfast, Lisa and Tess talked about the life and careers of the much loved ‘Gorgeous Goddard’. Listen to the whole...

Living Language: Country, Culture, Community

As part of the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages, there’s a fascinating exhibition on right now at the State Library of New South Wales that looks at the Aboriginal languages of New South Wales. There are about 35 different languages around New...

Sydney’s Oldest Unsolved Murders

When people talk about the convicts sent to Australia across the early years of colonisation, there are two dominant stories that emerge. There’s the story of the unjustly treated convict: driven, by poverty, to steal basic supplies such as clothing and food to...

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