The Explorer’s stump

On the southern side of the Great Western Highway just west of Katoomba is a colonial relic known as the Explorers’ Tree. But you would be forgiven for not recognising it as a tree. Today all that remains is a concrete stump on a rubble stone podium. Listen to...

Australia’s first serial killer

This week on 2SER Breakfast, Tess talked to Dr Rachel Franks about the ‘al-fresco murderer’ Frank Butler, who was possibly Australia’s first serial killer. Listen to Rachel and Tess on 2SER here Of all the different types of criminals, it’s the...

Sydney through a novelist’s eyes

Melbourne claims to be the City of Literature, but this week Sydney is all things literary as we settle into the Sydney Writer’s Festival. Listen to the whole conversation with Lisa and Tess on 2SER here The Dictionary of Sydney is all about history, but of...

The Bogle-Chandler mystery

This week on 2SER Breakfast, the Dictionary’s special guest historian Minna Muhlen-Schulte talked to breakfast host Tess Connery about a suburban mystery that has intrigued Sydneysiders since 1963. Listen to Minna and Tess on 2SER here. On the morning of New...

The Shaftesbury Reformatory in Vaucluse

This week on 2SER Breakfast, Nicole Cama talked to Tess Connery about the Shaftesbury Reformatory on New South Head Road in Vaucluse that replaced the infamous Biloela Reformatory and Industrial School for Females on Cockatoo Island. Listen to Nicole and Tess on 2SER...