The island laboratory

  Our picturesque Sydney Harbour has 13 islands, each with its own fascinating history. Cockatoo Island, Garden Island and Fort Denison all come to mind as popular attractions, but perhaps not as well known is an island that was once converted into a laboratory...

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’s hydrofoils

A couple of weeks ago when I was last in, I commented upon the hydrofoil footage in David Bowie’s film clip China Girl and it transpired that some of our listeners weren’t quite sure what a hydrofoil was. So today I thought we’d better rectify that....

New tour! Sydney Harbour Islands

The Dictionary of Sydney has launched a new tour! Following on from Convict Parramatta, we can now explore Sydney’s harbour islands on our mobile devices, from the Royal Australian Navy base we know as Garden Island in the east, to the prison-turned-dockyard, Cockatoo...