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...

Eora fisherwomen

Yesterday Governor David Hurley and Lord Mayor Clover Moore unveiled plans for a major new artwork overlooking Sydney Harbour on the Tarpeian Precinct Lawn above Dubbagullee (also known as Bennelong Point) that will celebrate and honour the clans of the Eora nation. I...

Historic Sydenham pub gutted by fire

On Monday we heard that the General Gordon Hotel in Sydenham had been gutted by a ferocious fire, its roof collapsing under the strain. The pub was built 86 years ago and was undergoing renovations when it was engulfed by flames and a piece of Sydney’s pub...

The murder of Joseph Luker

This morning on 2SER Breakfast, Dr Rachel Franks talked to Tess Connery about Australia’s oldest cold case, the murder of Constable Joseph Luker, who was the first police officer killed in the line of duty in New South Wales.  Listen to Rachel and Tess on 2SER...

Sydney’s secret wartime research

This week on 2SER Breakfast, Dictionary special guest Dr Peter Hobbins talked to Tess about some top secret research undertaken at the University of Sydney during World War II.  Listen to Peter and Tess on 2SER here.  If you’ve ever been on the Rotor ride at...