Sydney’s smallpox epidemic in 1881

As we stare down the barrel of an unknown pandemic, we remember that the city has seen quite a few epidemics in its time. Prior to the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1919,  an outbreak of smallpox took hold of the city and its imagination. Listen to Minna and Alex on 2SER...

Life and death in Sydney’s early hospitals

The History Council of NSW’s annual festival, History Week, will start this weekend, and as this year’s theme is ‘Life and Death’, we thought we’d take a look at some of Sydney’s early hospitals, places that have always borne close witness to life and...

Treating Sydney’s sick

This week on 2ser Breakfast, Nic and our Dictionary of Sydney special guest Dr Peter Hobbins looked at the early history of public health and hospitals in Sydney.  You can listen to their entertaining and informative conversation here:  Listen now  Until the late...

The​ ​Lucy​ ​Osburn-Nightingale​ ​Museum

Sydney Living Museums’ wonderful event Sydney Open is coming up on 4 and 5 November, where the doors of more than 60 of the city’s most important and intriguing buildings and spaces will be open to the public for one weekend. One of my favourites is the...

A distinguished lady doctor

Today on 2SER Breakfast we looked at the inspiring tale of Sydney’s first female medical student, Dagmar Berne. It’s not really a happy story, but this resilient and generous woman made an important and interesting contribution to Sydney’s history....