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Condemned and Demolished!

Condemned and Demolished!

An exhibition highlighting one of the City of Sydney's most important photographic collections explores the physical changes the City went through at the turn of the 20th century and the way people lived during this time, as well as the importance for future...

Happy History Week

Happy History Week

This week organisations across the state are celebrating History Week 2020, the festival organised by the History Council of NSW. ...

Listening to the Great Depression

Listening to the Great Depression

People have been asking me a lot lately about how the economic recession we are experiencing now compares to earlier times of economic instability. Unlike the situation we're all in at the moment, which has come about largely because of the pandemic, the global...

Death of the Monorail

Death of the Monorail

I remember the childhood joy of riding the old Sydney monorail – a single-loop that connected Darling Harbour, Chinatown and the Sydney central business and shopping districts. You had to board with a little gold token and were whizzed through what seemed like...

Stars shining bright above you

Stars shining bright above you

This month in Sydney is a good time to look to the stars - not only are we all in Covid inspired isolation, with associated clearer and darker skies, but the planets Jupiter and Saturn are in prime viewing positions. Looking at the stars might seem like a thing few...

Armed with such terrible weapons

Armed with such terrible weapons

Today Sydney-siders take for granted that our local spiders, in particular the Sydney funnel-web, are dangerous and to be treated with caution, but, surprisingly, surprisingly, this caution only came about in the 1920s. [button...

The Dugong and the Salamander

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. [button...

Shipping hazards

Shipping hazards

It's been wild weather out there in Sydney over the last couple of days, so it seemed like a good time to look at one of the earliest maritime disasters in Sydney Harbour - and remind people it's really not a good idea to take the boat out at the moment. [button...

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