Edward Smith Hall and The Monitor

This week on 2SER Breakfast, Dr Rachel Franks and host Tess Connery talked about the founders of one of Sydney’s earliest newspapers, Edward Smith Hall.  Listen to the audio of Tess and Rachel’s conversation on 2SER here  Newspapers have long been an...

Sailors, Spies and Sydney Stairs

Surely few stairways in Sydney have seen as much drama as the McElhone Stairs. Constructed in 1904, the 113 sandstone stairs loom over Brougham Street and the naval base below in Woolloomooloo. It soon became a well-worn path for everyone from sailors, residents,...

The National Trust

This week the NSW heritage sector celebrates the good work done across the state. It is the Heritage Festival, and as part of that the National Trust (NSW) hosts an awards function in which projects large and small are recognised and celebrated. It’s like the heritage...

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 Satyr and Five Bells

Today on 2SER Breakfast, historian Minna Muhlen-Schulte and Tess talked about the story behind Kenneth Slessor’s moving and influential poem, Five Bells.  Listen to the audio of Minna and Tess on 2SER here  Deep and dissolving verticals of light Ferry the falls...