The Art of the Scott Sisters

A few weeks ago Nicole talked about The Australian Museum which is 190 years old this year. An exhibition highlighting the work of two of the most prominent natural history illustrators in 19th century Australia is part of the Museum’s anniversary celebrations....

Our oldest museum turns 190!

Last Thursday it was the 190 years since the Australian Museum was established so today we thought we’d have a very quick look at the long history of our oldest museum. Listen now On 30 March 1827 the British Secretary of State for the Colonies, Earl Bathurst,...

The old Commodore, Billy Blue

A few weeks back, we looked at the early history of Americans in Sydney. At the time, I mentioned someone who is still referred to in our landscape, Billy Blue.                    Listen now Billy Blue came to Sydney in 1801 as a convict after stealing raw sugar for...

The Sydney Harbour Bridge turns 85!

Last Sunday was the 85th anniversary of the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. ‘The Coathanger’ has been a source of inspiration for Sydneysiders since construction began in the 1920s. Let’s take a look at its history on the Dictionary of Sydney! Listen now The...

Sydney’s gas history

Energy supply and gas has been in the news a lot lately, so I thought it would be timely to take a look at Sydney’s gas history. Listen now The first gas street lights in Sydney were lit on 25 May, 1841, along with illuminations to mark Queen Victoria’s...