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International Women’s Day

As it’s International Women’s Day this Friday, today I thought it would be good to highlight the lives and achievements of some of the courageous and inspiring Sydney women who have made it possible for us to live the way we do in Sydney today. Here are...

Shirley Beiger: ‘All that glittered was not gold’

The State Library of NSW have made an enormous amount of historical material available online in recent years. One such resource is the tabloid magazine, PIX , which was published between 1938 and 1972. Among the many famous faces and controversial figures that graced...

Chinese New Year

Tuesday was the official day of Chinese New Year, a festival that has been celebrated for generations in Sydney,  so today I thought we’d look at the long history of Chinese people in Sydney. Listen to the whole conversation with Lisa and Tess on 2SER here ...

‘the flying fairy and empress of the air’

There are some fascinating women in the Dictionary of Sydney. Among those is one who went by many stage names during her stellar career as a gymnast, trapeze artist, vaudeville performer and costume designer. Listen to Nicole and Tess on 2SER here  Kate Rickards was...

Street Photography

Today on 2SER Breakfast, Lisa and Tess talked about a fabulous new exhibition at the Museum of Sydney called Street Photography, that looks at the popularity of commercial street photographers in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Listen to Lisa and Tess on 2SER here  Today...

Decorating the city

It’s getting very festive around the city as Christmas approaches so today we thought we’d look at one of the city’s biggest Christmas traditions! Listen to Nicole and Tess on 2SER here  The trappings of the northern hemisphere’s white...

Ocean baths

Ocean baths are abundant in Sydney and along the New South Wales coast, reflecting our love of the ocean and, perhaps, an ambivalence towards the surf. These man-made pools filled with ocean water grew in popularity in the late 19th century and to this day offer...

Whaling in Sydney

Over the weekend we heard that more than 140 whales had died after becoming stranded on a New Zealand beach. It’s a sad story and reminded us that whaling was for many years one of Sydney’s (and Australia’s) main industries, so today we thought we’d...

Grab your partners for the Balmain Polka

November is AusMusic Month and so today I thought we should look back at some early Australian popular music and one of the early music composers in Sydney. Graeme Skinner at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music has been researching the history of music in colonial...

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