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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...

Flash coves, deep rogues and rascals

Sydney thrives on crime stories and today on 2SER Lisa thought she’d share a unique dossier held in the State Archives that gives a special insider’s view of law and order in Sydney in the 1840s.   You can listen to Nic and Lisa here:  Listen now  The dossier is...

Treating Sydney’s sick

This week on 2ser Breakfast, Nic and our Dictionary of Sydney special guest Dr Peter Hobbins looked at the early history of public health and hospitals in Sydney.  You can listen to their entertaining and informative conversation here:  Listen now  Until the late...

Animals on the Dictionary of Sydney

Inspired by yesterday’s wayward wallaby crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, today Nicole thought she’d take a look at some other animals mentioned on the Dictionary of Sydney.     Listen now  One very famous animal on the Dictionary has been described as the world’s...

Sydney summer

The Dictionary of Sydney’s summer newsletter went out to subscribers last week, with news, reviews and more. If you missed it, you can still catch up right here, and subscribe to future issues here. The past year has seen many changes to the Dictionary and...

‘The past lives on’:Paul Keating’s Redfern speech

Last Sunday it was exactly 25 years since the former Prime Minister Paul Keating gave a momentous speech at Redfern Park in 1992 to launch the United Nations International Year of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.  It became known as the Redfern Address and it was...

Everything old is new again

Last week on 2SER Breakfast Nicole talked about the development of the City Circle line, and over the weekend an amazing new work made up of the old timber treads from the original escalators by artist Chris Fox was installed at Wynyard station. The escalators were...

Sydney’s City Circle

This week saw a massive overhaul of Sydney’s public transport timetables, and this, along with the ongoing construction works around the city and suburbs have left many of us feeling a bit overwhelmed. Today we thought we’d look at the history of one of...

YES, YES, YES!!

It was an historic moment last Wednesday when it was announced that the Australian people had voted overwhelmingly in favour of marriage equality. The Dictionary of Sydney has a number of articles that chart the history of the gay and lesbian community in Sydney....

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