Sydney’s Oldest Unsolved Murders

When people talk about the convicts sent to Australia across the early years of colonisation, there are two dominant stories that emerge. There’s the story of the unjustly treated convict: driven, by poverty, to steal basic supplies such as clothing and food to...

Australia’s first serial killer

This week on 2SER Breakfast, Tess talked to Dr Rachel Franks about the ‘al-fresco murderer’ Frank Butler, who was possibly Australia’s first serial killer.  Listen to Rachel and Tess on 2SER here  Of all the different types of criminals, it’s the...

Shirley Beiger: ‘All that glittered was not gold’

The State Library of NSW have made an enormous amount of historical material available online in recent years. One such resource is the tabloid magazine, PIX , which was published between 1938 and 1972. Among the many famous faces and controversial figures that graced...

The Sprite of the Creek

It’s Halloween, so in keeping with the season, today we’re sharing a very Sydney ghost story. Join Dictionary of Sydney special guest Dr Rachel Franks and host Jess Klajman around the 2SER breakfast camp fire and settle in…  Listen to the audio of...