Barracluff’s Ostrich Farm

There are many great things about the Dictionary of Sydney, but one of the things I love the most is the way you can discover quirky things about Sydney. In the past I’ve shared about Cocky Bennett, and public toilets, and the Electrical Women’s...

No honour among thieves…

In Governor Arthur Phillip’s great outdoor gaol in Sydney Cove, most eyes were on the convicts. It was logical to assume that those who had already proven themselves as felons were those most likely to offend in a new settlement. Yet, it was a military man, not a...

Jack Mundey and the Green Bans

Can you imagine Sydney without The Rocks? or what if we didn’t have the Centennial Parklands or the State Theatre? These are just some of the iconic Sydney places that were saved from wholesale destruction in the 1970s by the imposition of green bans by trade...

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...