Colonial neighbours: Reynolds’ cottages

Did you know there are three cottages side by side on Harrington Street in The Rocks which have survived for 187 years! Writer and historian, Melissa Holmes, has researched extensively about Reynolds’ cottages and their previous inhabitants for the Dictionary of...

The Bubonic Plague in Sydney

Have you been struck down by the lurgy this winter?  Lisa’s been looking for a silver lining from her sick bed, and has been giving thanks that no matter how bad she’s been feeling, at least it’s not the bubonic plague! This morning she & Nic had...

Sydney’s Rum Hospital

It seems rum is good for your health. Or it was 200 years ago in Sydney. Sydney in 1810 was in desperate need of a permanent general hospital. Governor Lachlan Macquarie wanted it built, but didn’t have a lot of dosh to pay for it. Rather than call upon the...

Sydney’s wild weather

Wild weather just hit Sydney and parts of Australia’s east coast, causing four deaths and an estimated $38 million in damage. It seems each time this occurs, photographs and film footage captured by awestruck residents dominate the news, and this sort of media frenzy...

White Bay Power Station

Sydney Harbour was once a bustling maritime port and industrial waterfront. The White Bay Power Station is a landmark industrial complex on the shoreline of White Bay, an abandoned reminder of this 20th century history. It was built between 1912 and 1917 by the NSW...