It’s a sign

Last week Lisa Murray mentioned a few of her favourite pieces on the Dictionary, and today I thought we’d follow one of those up and talk about road markings.  While this might seem to some a somewhat mundane topic, even the most everyday aspects of the city can...

The shelf life of Zora Cross

Today on 2SER Breakfast, Tess talked to historian and author Cathy Perkins about the Australian poet and journalist Zora Cross. Now largely forgotten, in the early 20th century she was wildly popular. Listen to Cathy and Tess on 2SER here Zora Cross’s poetry...

Rose Bay Airport

With a second Sydney airport now underway, it is worth remembering that between 1937 and 1955 Sydney had two international airports: one at Mascot and the other less than 6km from Circular Quay at Rose Bay. Listen to Mark and Tess on 2SER here In the mid-1930s...

The Great Fire of Sydney

Just after 2 o’clock in the morning on 2 October 1890 the alarm was raised after a “lurid glare” was seen in the upper windows of the large warehouse of Gibbs, Shallard & Co on Hosking Place, just off Pitt Street. It was a calamitous fire that changed Sydney’s...

The last public hanging at Darlinghurst Gaol

On 21 September 1852, illicit grog dealer, snappy dresser and murderer Francis Green was the last man to be publicly hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol.   Listen to the whole conversation with Rachel and Tess on 2SER here Green (also known as John Brown) was 32 years old...