NAIDOC 2016: Sydney’s Aboriginal people

NAIDOC Week 2016 celebrations are in full swing at the moment and the Dictionary of Sydney recently published new articles about Sydney’s Aboriginal past by historian, Keith Vincent Smith. I spoke with Nic Healey on 2SER Breakfast about two interesting Aboriginal...

The Appin massacre – 200 years on

This Sunday 17 April 2016 marks 200 years since the Appin massacre, when at least 14 Aboriginal men, women and children were killed by soldiers under the command of Captain James Wallis, as part of a military reprisal raid ordered by Governor Lachlan Macquarie. I...

New tour! Sydney Harbour Islands

The Dictionary of Sydney has launched a new tour! Following on from Convict Parramatta, we can now explore Sydney’s harbour islands on our mobile devices, from the Royal Australian Navy base we know as Garden Island in the east, to the prison-turned-dockyard, Cockatoo...

David Bowie’s Sydney film clips

Well, it’s a sad opening to 2016 for music fans with the gob-smacking announcement of the death of David Bowie on Monday night. So I thought we should pay tribute to him and acknowledge a special Sydney connection. He filmed the videoclip for “Let’s...

Tourist Sydney

It’s summertime in Sydney and with tourists swarming to popular attractions I thought I’d explore the history of tourism in Sydney. Tourism emerged in Europe during the 18th century when people began to take pleasure in the experience of travelling to new places. From...