The Dugong and the Salamander

It’s strange to think about what might be entombed in dirt beneath the pavements we walk on in Sydney. But the discoveries around 1900 of two particular creatures catapults us back into the prehistory and the Deep Time dimensions of our city. Listen to Minna and Alex...

Sydney’s Lady Footballers

Last week Australia and New Zealand won their joint bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Friday, prompting us to think across codes about some other legendary women football players in Sydney who played their first game almost 100 years ago. As the...

Barney’s on Broadway

St Barnabas’ Anglican Church on Broadway, affectionately known as Barney’s, has catered to congregations of all sorts since it was established in the mid-nineteenth century. Listen to Minna and Alex on 2SER here Positioned between Chippendale and Ultimo,...

A venerable old bird

Here at the Dictionary of Sydney we like to give you insight into those seminal moments in the city’s history, the patterns and forces that shaped our city, influential people and events… or in the case of today a foul-mouthed pet cockatoo, Cocky Bennett. Listen to...

Sydney’s smallpox epidemic in 1881

As we stare down the barrel of an unknown pandemic, we remember that the city has seen quite a few epidemics in its time. Prior to the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1919,  an outbreak of smallpox took hold of the city and its imagination. Listen to Minna and Alex on 2SER...