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...

The Governor’s Demesne

What did you last go to the Domain for? A protest? A concert? Perhaps a lunch break? For over two centuries the park has provided Sydneysiders with a space of their own.  Listen to Minna and Tess on 2SER here  The Domain was established by Governor Macquarie along...

Fifty years of Kaldor Public Art Projects

This year Kaldor Public Art Projects is marking fifty years of challenging and surprising Sydneysiders with large scale, public and interactive art. Listen to the whole conversation with Mark and Sean on 2SER here John Kaldor AO arrived in Sydney in the post-war...

Memory, Love and Gothic Horror

It’s History Week and this year’s theme is ‘Memory and Landscapes’. And there is no better way to think about memory and landscapes than to delve into the history of Sydney’s cemeteries. Listen to the whole conversation with Lisa and Tess...