The melancholy wreck of the Dunbar

One hundred and sixty years ago, a large sailing vessel called the Dunbar was wrecked near the Gap, just south of Sydney Heads, with the loss of 121 lives. It is still one of the worst disasters in New South Wales. Listen now After 81 days at sea, the Dunbar arrived...

Aging gracefully

July marks the start of the new financial year, and for many reliant upon the government for support, this often means a change in pensions and welfare payments. There has been a lot of focus by the federal government on welfare recipients of late, so I thought it...

A Humorous Rollerskater

To wrap up the Sydney Film Festival, I thought today we could look at the origins of cinema in Sydney. Listen now In 1896, in the early days of moving pictures, the innovative Lumière brothers in France decided to send trained people around the world to film everyday...

Atmospheric cinema

The Sydney Film Festival starts tonight so I thought we’d talk about recreating an authentic early cinema experience!  Listen now Sydney Film Festival comes just once a year and its a great opportunity to see some great new films, and to visit...

Letters of Complaint

2SER Breakfast listeners had a special treat today as Lisa talked about Letters of Complaint, just one of the projects she’s been working on in her role as the City Historian at the City of Sydney.  Listen now The City of Sydney Archives holds an extensive...