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. Listen to Peter and Sean on 2SER here In 1927 an...

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...

The camels at Government House

The State Library of New South Wales holds a very lovely painting of the first Government House in Sydney. The oil painting, by George Edwards Peacock, was done in 1845, just before the building (where the Museum of Sydney now stands) was demolished. The scene is of a...