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Women commemorated by Sydney’s suburbs

As an historian, I’m always interested in how we shape our cities and how we get the names we get. Earlier this week I was looking at the city’s street names and noticing how few, comparatively, were named after women. Looking further afield at...

Maintenance

There’s some essential maintenance being done on the Dictionary over the Easter long weekend, which might result in some delays or difficulties searching the site. You should still be able to use Browse menus and links within the site to move around. We hope to...

William Castell: ‘professor of dancing’

One of the many fascinating people on the Dictionary of Sydney is William Castell, ‘professor of dancing’, musician and philanderer who lived in Sydney during the 1830s. Listen to Nicole and Jess on 2SER here  In May 1789, William Joseph Castell was born in Kilkenny,...

21st Biennale of Sydney

For all its headlines and cutting edge art, the Sydney Biennale is not a new thing. It is a well-established (some might say entrenched) fixture on the Sydney art scene. In fact, the Biennale of Sydney is the third oldest biennale in the world after Venice...

International Women’s Day 2018

March 8 is International Women’s Day and today Lisa and Nic looked at three very different women who have shaped Sydney’s history, culture and society. Listen to Lisa and Nic on 2SER here  The Dictionary’s content includes hundreds of biographies of...

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, 40 years on

This year is the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and it has survived, and expanded, thanks to the determination of the city’s LGBTQI community. Listen to Nicole and Nic on 2SER here  The first Mardi Gras parade in Sydney was held on 24 June...

Mugshots 1920s style

A few weeks ago I talked about the Registry of Flashmen which was compiled by William Miles, a police commissioner who used the latest surveillance techniques of the 1840s to understand the local criminal class. Fast forward 80 years to the 1920s, and New South Wales...

Heroism in the surf

Yesterday it was 80 years since the Black Sunday surf rescue at Bondi Beach, which was commemorated on the weekend with a re-enactment featuring 150 lifesavers, complete with period costume and equipment. You can listen to Nic and Nicole here:  Listen now  Bondi Beach...

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