Putty Road

With Sydney surrounded by mountains on three out of four sides, getting out of the city area has, until fairly recently, been tricky. This was particularly the case in the colonial period. In the west the Blue Mountains were viewed as an almost impenetrable barrier by...

Balmain Colliery

The deepest coal mine ever worked in Australia was on the waterfront in Sydney’s inner western suburbs. This week we took a look into the pit of a surprisingly little known historical industrial site. Listen to Mark and Alex on 2SER here Coal was an important...

Here’s one for all the (library) lovers out there

This coming Friday is Library Lovers Day, so today on 2SER Breakfast Dr Mark Dunn and host Alex James talked about three book-related historical sites in the city which have had a lasting impact on Sydney’s shape and culture. Listen to Mark and Alex on 2SER here...

The Newcastle Hotel

In honour of Clive James who died this week, today we’re going to peek inside the doors of one of the Sydney establishments that helped him along, the Newcastle Hotel on George Street.   Listen to Mark and Alex on 2SER here Like the Newcastle Hotel, writer...