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Sydney’s first theatre

When do you think Sydney got its first theatre? (Hint: it’s earlier than you might think.)  Listen now Sydney was still a fledgling penal colony when the first theatre was constructed in 1796. Yes, that’s right – 1796. This fact reminds us of the...

Our oldest museum turns 190!

Last Thursday it was the 190 years since the Australian Museum was established so today we thought we’d have a very quick look at the long history of our oldest museum. Listen now On 30 March 1827 the British Secretary of State for the Colonies, Earl Bathurst,...

The old Commodore, Billy Blue

A few weeks back, we looked at the early history of Americans in Sydney. At the time, I mentioned someone who is still referred to in our landscape, Billy Blue.                    Listen now Billy Blue came to Sydney in 1801 as a convict after stealing raw sugar for...

The Sydney Harbour Bridge turns 85!

Last Sunday was the 85th anniversary of the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. ‘The Coathanger’ has been a source of inspiration for Sydneysiders since construction began in the 1920s. Let’s take a look at its history on the Dictionary of Sydney! Listen now The...

Sydney’s gas history

Energy supply and gas has been in the news a lot lately, so I thought it would be timely to take a look at Sydney’s gas history. Listen now The first gas street lights in Sydney were lit on 25 May, 1841, along with illuminations to mark Queen Victoria’s...

Mary Reibey: Australia’s pioneering businesswoman

Today is International Women’s Day and its also Women’s History Month, so with Rani at the helm at 2SER, let’s take a look at one of the Dictionary of Sydney’s most famous ladies – the convict turned wealthy businesswoman and familiar bespectacled face on...

Rowe Street

This Sunday, I am on a panel discussing Rowe Street as part of the public program for the Sydney Living Museums’ exhibition Demolished Sydney. Nicole mentioned the street when talking about the exhibition a few weeks ago, so I thought we’d look at it a bit...

The Trouble with Harry

As part of the 2017 Mardi Gras festival, there’s an interesting play showing at the Seymour Centre called The Trouble with Harry. The play revolves around the fascinating figure of Harry Crawford, who was convicted of murdering his wife in 1920. Harry was born a woman...

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