The Pierre Loti

This week on 2SER Breakfast, Dr Peter Hobbins talked to new breakfast host Tess Connery about French Nazis in Sydney during World War II. Listen to  Peter and Tess on 2SER here  After France fell to Germany in June 1940 in World War II, the loyalties of French...

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...

Vanessa Berry, Mirror Sydney

Vanessa Berry, Mirror Sydney Giramondo Publishing, 2017, 304 pp, ISBN: 9781925336252, p/bk, RRP AUS$39.95 The very title of Mirror Sydney says a great deal about Vanessa Berry’s take on her hometown. It’s inspired by an aged photograph album found in an op shop,...

James Bray and his Museum of Curios

The first entry to be published on the Dictionary since our recent move to the new platform at the State Library of NSW is a fascinating look by Dr Peter Hobbins at the colourful life and work of James Samuel Bray, a prolific 19th century Sydney naturalist. This week...