Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, 40 years on

This year is the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and it has survived, and expanded, thanks to the determination of the city’s LGBTQI community. Listen to Nicole and Nic on 2SER here  The first Mardi Gras parade in Sydney was held on 24 June...

Mugshots 1920s style

A few weeks ago I talked about the Registry of Flashmen which was compiled by William Miles, a police commissioner who used the latest surveillance techniques of the 1840s to understand the local criminal class. Fast forward 80 years to the 1920s, and New South Wales...

Heroism in the surf

Yesterday it was 80 years since the Black Sunday surf rescue at Bondi Beach, which was commemorated on the weekend with a re-enactment featuring 150 lifesavers, complete with period costume and equipment. You can listen to Nic and Nicole here:  Listen now  Bondi Beach...

Flash coves, deep rogues and rascals

Sydney thrives on crime stories and today on 2SER Lisa thought she’d share a unique dossier held in the State Archives that gives a special insider’s view of law and order in Sydney in the 1840s.   You can listen to Nic and Lisa here:  Listen now  The dossier is...

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...