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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...

Sydney’s secret wartime research

This week on 2SER Breakfast, Dictionary special guest Dr Peter Hobbins talked to Tess about some top secret research undertaken at the University of Sydney during World War II.  Listen to Peter and Tess on 2SER here.  If you’ve ever been on the Rotor ride at...

Sydney’s wining and dining evolution

Nowadays, you can walk into any one of the many bars and restaurants of Sydney and be shown an extensive wine list and an array of scrumptious dishes from around the world. But it hasn’t always been so.  Listen to Nicole and Tess on 2SER here.  Since the mid-twentieth...

Helicopter Crashes in City

This week on 2SER Breakfast, Dictionary special guest Dr Peter Hobbins talked to Tess about a terrible accident in the centre of the city in 1966 when a helicopter crashed onto Gold Fields House at Circular Quay. The three people on board were killed, including the...

Waverley Cemetery’s burlesque star

Waverley Cemetery is the resting place of more than 100,000 people, including many well known personalities from our past like writers Dorothea Mackellar and Henry Lawson, publisher JF Archibald, the aviator and inventor, Lawrence Hargrave and cricketer Victor...

The Bogle-Chandler mystery

This week on 2SER Breakfast, the Dictionary’s special guest historian Minna Muhlen-Schulte talked to breakfast host Tess Connery about a suburban mystery that has intrigued Sydneysiders since 1963. Listen to Minna and Tess on 2SER here.  On the morning of New...

Australia’s first public sculpture: Richard Bourke

The State Library of NSW recently announced work is  underway to conserve and restore Australia’s first public sculpture, the Sir Richard Bourke statue that is located outside the Mitchell  Library building. This week on 2SER Breakfast Nicole Cama and Tess...

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