‘Sydney’s best kept secret’: Yaralla estate

Did you know ‘the most significant, suburban Edwardian estate in NSW’ is in Concord West, on the banks of the Parramatta River? Yaralla Estate, sometimes referred to as ‘Sydney’s best kept secret’, was once at the centre of this city’s social scene as local historian,...

The Ultimo World War I Roll of Honour

Anzac Day commemorates all those who have served and died in war and on operational service. I recently published three articles in the Dictionary of Sydney about a World War I honour board, which was found in a church attic in Ultimo. I spoke to Mitch on 2SER...

Soldier’s Riot of 1916

The soldiers of the Australian Imperial Force who fought in WW1 are usually remembered as heroic and patriotic. But they weren’t always compliant to military rule and were prone to cause trouble, both here and overseas. Conditions in the recruitment camps at...

History Week 2015: War, Nationalism and Identity

History Week has been going for 18 years and there will be many interesting events being held in Sydney and across NSW with the theme: ‘War, Nationalism and Identity’. One of the key issues being discussed is how Australians commemorate war. For instance, did you know...

Creative responses to history

Anniversaries and events often prompt us to reflect on historical narratives. Not just what happened, but also the historical meanings of events, their legacies, and our personal responses to them. Last week Nicole Cama looked at the origins of ANZAC Day...