‘Sydney’s best kept secret’: Yaralla estate

Did you know ‘the most significant, suburban Edwardian estate in NSW’ is in Concord West, on the banks of the Parramatta River? Yaralla Estate, sometimes referred to as ‘Sydney’s best kept secret’, was once at the centre of this city’s social scene as local historian,...

Our City: 175 years in 175 objects

This morning on 2SER, Lisa  talked to Nic about the fantastic exhibition she’s been working on which commemorates the City of Sydney Council’s 175th anniversary . This major exhibition, which Lisa has put together with the City’s Archivist and...

The​ ​Lucy​ ​Osburn-Nightingale​ ​Museum

Sydney Living Museums’ wonderful event Sydney Open is coming up on 4 and 5 November, where the doors of more than 60 of the city’s most important and intriguing buildings and spaces will be open to the public for one weekend. One of my favourites is the...

Inaugural Coral Thomas Fellowship Lecture

On 19 October, Dr Rebe Taylor, the State Library of New South Wales’ current Coral Thomas Fellow, will deliver the inaugural lecture on her recent findings. In the early 1830s, surveyor John Helder Wedge collected early south-eastern Aboriginal wooden artefacts...

Sydney’s coffee obsession

Sunday 1 October was International Coffee Day and we certainly love our coffee in Australia. Historian Garry Wotherspoon has written an article in the Dictionary of Sydney about how our city’s obsession with coffee came to be, despite our tea-drinking origins. Listen...

A distinguished lady doctor

Today on 2SER Breakfast we looked at the inspiring tale of Sydney’s first female medical student, Dagmar Berne. It’s not really a happy story, but this resilient and generous woman made an important and interesting contribution to Sydney’s history....