Ben Boyd

Sailing into Sydney in his yacht Wanderer in July 1842, Benjamin Boyd was welcomed by the press of the day as a flamboyant saviour to the failing economy. Listen to Mark and Alex on 2SER here Boyd arrived in Sydney rich and ambitious at a time when New South Wales was...

The High Life

Nestled at the Harbour end of Macquarie Street facing the Botanic Gardens is The Astor, the grand old dame of Sydney’s apartment blocks. Built in 1923, it was then Australia’s tallest residential building – at 13 storeys. Listen to Minna and Alex on 2SER here The...

St James tunnels

There is nothing people like more than a secret tunnel. And while a lot of people have heard about the tunnels connected with St James Railway Station, few have been lucky enough to visit them… until now. Listen to Lisa and Alex on 2SER here But before we...

Hanging out with the hangman

Today is the anniversary of the death of Robert Rice Howard, the hangman for New South Wales from the 1870s until 1904, who died on 3 February 1906. Listen to Rachel and Alex on 2SER here Less than two years earlier, Howard had given up his post as executioner, and a...

The Waratah Festival

Celebrating Spring, and named for the state’s floral emblem, the Waratah festival ran for 18 years from 1956 to 1973. It was replaced by the Sydney Festival in January from 1977. Listen to Lisa and Alex on 2SER here The Waratah Spring Festival was organised by...

Behind you!

This week on 2SER Breakfast, Alex and Minna were treading the boards of the old Tivoli Theatre in Castlereagh Street looking for some Christmas time theatrical scandal.  Over 100 years ago, the Tivoli was the venue for pantomimes, live dancing and musical shows,...