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The Peapes ghost sign

You may have heard about or seen the colourful advertising sign for Peapes Menswear store that was revealed recently down at Wynyard (285-287 George Street) after the Menzies Hotel and Thakral House were demolished. This large painted advertisement was on the side of...

James Bray and his Museum of Curios

The first entry to be published on the Dictionary since our recent move to the new platform at the State Library of NSW is a fascinating look by Dr Peter Hobbins at the colourful life and work of James Samuel Bray, a prolific 19th century Sydney naturalist. This week...

Mozart and The Doll

Today on 2SER Breakfast, Nic talked to the Dictionary’s special guest Emeritus Professor Richard Waterhouse. Richard will be speaking at the Sydney Mechanic’s School of Arts next week as part of History Week 2017, and his talk ‘Mozart and ‘The...

Let’s celebrate History Week 2017!

This year the History Council of NSW’s annual festival in the first week of September, History Week, is exploring popular culture. With tours, talks, exhibitions and more taking place across Sydney and New South Wales, there is something in the program for everyone....

The melancholy wreck of the Dunbar

One hundred and sixty years ago, a large sailing vessel called the Dunbar was wrecked near the Gap, just south of Sydney Heads, with the loss of 121 lives. It is still one of the worst disasters in New South Wales. Listen now After 81 days at sea, the Dunbar arrived...

History Week 2017: Pop! 2-10 September 2017

History Week 2017 is fast approaching, so it’s time to start planning which events you’d like to get to. This year History Week’s theme is Pop! and will be looking at Australian ‘popular culture’. As History Week enters its 20th year, the History...

Sydney’s modernists

Sydney Living Museums has an interesting exhibition at the Museum of Sydney, The Moderns: European Designers in Sydney. This exhibition seems to come at a time where this city’s built environment and architectural heritage are very much in the spotlight. Let’s take a...

The mysterious Mr Eternity

The 30 July 2017 marks 50 years since the death of a mysterious identity who inscribed the word ‘Eternity’ on Sydney’s pavements for 34 years. The Dictionary of Sydney chronicles the stories of many of this city’s interesting citizens, but perhaps none are more...

The Great Strike of 1917

This year marks the centenary of one of Australia’s largest industrial conflicts and a special exhibition commemorating the anniversary has just opened at Carriageworks. The Great Strike of 1917 is regarded as one of Australia’s largest industrial conflicts. Although...

On our way

Moving the Dictionary Over the last year we’ve been working on moving the Dictionary’s content on to a new platform hosted by the State Library of New South Wales. Over the next few days you may notice some changes to the site as we flip the switch and...

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