Australia’s First Bank Robbery

Did you know Australia’s first bank robbery occurred in Sydney in 1828 and most of the £14,000 was never recovered? This week we’ll look at the crime that shocked colonial Sydney. Listen to  Nicole and Nic on 2SER here  On 14 September 1828, the strongroom of...

William Castell: ‘professor of dancing’

One of the many fascinating people on the Dictionary of Sydney is William Castell, ‘professor of dancing’, musician and philanderer who lived in Sydney during the 1830s. Listen to Nicole and Jess on 2SER here  In May 1789, William Joseph Castell was born in Kilkenny,...

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...

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...