The Peapes ghost sign

You may have heard about or seen the colourful advertising sign for Peapes Menswear store that was revealed recently down at Wynyard (285-287 George Street) after the Menzies Hotel and Thakral House were demolished. This large painted advertisement was on the side of...

James Bray and his Museum of Curios

The first entry to be published on the Dictionary since our recent move to the new platform at the State Library of NSW is a fascinating look by Dr Peter Hobbins at the colourful life and work of James Samuel Bray, a prolific 19th century Sydney naturalist. This week...

Mozart and The Doll

Today on 2SER Breakfast, Nic talked to the Dictionary’s special guest Emeritus Professor Richard Waterhouse. Richard will be speaking at the Sydney Mechanic’s School of Arts next week as part of History Week 2017, and his talk ‘Mozart and ‘The...

Let’s celebrate History Week 2017!

This year the History Council of NSW’s annual festival in the first week of September, History Week, is exploring popular culture. With tours, talks, exhibitions and more taking place across Sydney and New South Wales, there is something in the program for everyone....

The melancholy wreck of the Dunbar

One hundred and sixty years ago, a large sailing vessel called the Dunbar was wrecked near the Gap, just south of Sydney Heads, with the loss of 121 lives. It is still one of the worst disasters in New South Wales. Listen now After 81 days at sea, the Dunbar arrived...