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...

Mary Reibey: Australia’s pioneering businesswoman

Today is International Women’s Day and its also Women’s History Month, so with Rani at the helm at 2SER, let’s take a look at one of the Dictionary of Sydney’s most famous ladies – the convict turned wealthy businesswoman and familiar bespectacled face on...

Sydney’s Rum Hospital

It seems rum is good for your health. Or it was 200 years ago in Sydney. Sydney in 1810 was in desperate need of a permanent general hospital. Governor Lachlan Macquarie wanted it built, but didn’t have a lot of dosh to pay for it. Rather than call upon the...

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...