True brew

In 1835, two brewers, John Tooth and his brother-in-law Charles Newnham, established a new brewery on the outskirts of the city. Named the Kent Brewery after the part of England they’d come from, it was set in a lush green area of market gardens and fresh water,...

A Scuffle on the Scaffold: the execution of Thomas Kelly

Any event that involves a large number of people, no matter how carefully planned, carries a risk of something going wrong. People run late. People turn up who you were not expecting. Very occasionally, someone starts a brawl.  Listen to Rachel and Jess on 2SER here...

2SER Radiothon

  We love being part of the 2SER community and telling stories of Sydney’s history to breakfast listeners each week. While the annual 2SER subscription and fundraising drive is happening, the Dictionary of Sydney segment with Alex on 2SER Breakfast will be...

Get on your dancing shoes

Once the most glamorous dance hall in Sydney, the Trocadero on George Street hosted queens, dukes, and international stars, as well as Sydneysiders out for a good time. Listen to Lisa and Alex on 2SER here The Trocadero, affectionately known of course as the...

Darlinghurst Gaol and the National Art School

Darlinghurst Gaol, on the hill at the top of Oxford Street, is one of the largest standing colonial projects left in Sydney, and yet, many Sydneysiders barely notice it anymore. Listen to Mark and Alex on 2SER here Construction of the gaol started with convict labour...

The first woman hanged in Sydney

On 23 November 1789, Ann Davis became the first woman hanged in New South Wales. Listen to Rachel and Alex on 2SER here Davis was, as we would say today, ‘known to police’. In England, Davis (also known as Judith Jones) had been indicted in April 1786 for feloniously...