Chinese New Year

Tuesday was the official day of Chinese New Year, a festival that has been celebrated for generations in Sydney,  so today I thought we’d look at the long history of Chinese people in Sydney. Listen to the whole conversation with Lisa and Tess on 2SER here ...

‘the flying fairy and empress of the air’

There are some fascinating women in the Dictionary of Sydney. Among those is one who went by many stage names during her stellar career as a gymnast, trapeze artist, vaudeville performer and costume designer. Listen to Nicole and Tess on 2SER here  Kate Rickards was...

Ocean baths

Ocean baths are abundant in Sydney and along the New South Wales coast, reflecting our love of the ocean and, perhaps, an ambivalence towards the surf. These man-made pools filled with ocean water grew in popularity in the late 19th century and to this day offer...

Whaling in Sydney

Over the weekend we heard that more than 140 whales had died after becoming stranded on a New Zealand beach. It’s a sad story and reminded us that whaling was for many years one of Sydney’s (and Australia’s) main industries, so today we thought we’d...