Happy History Week

This week organisations across the state are celebrating History Week 2020, the festival organised by the History Council of NSW. Listen to Mark and Alex on 2SER here The History Council of NSW was established in 1995 as an umbrella organisation to represent everyone...

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...

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...

Putty Road

With Sydney surrounded by mountains on three out of four sides, getting out of the city area has, until fairly recently, been tricky. This was particularly the case in the colonial period. In the west the Blue Mountains were viewed as an almost impenetrable barrier by...

Balmain Colliery

The deepest coal mine ever worked in Australia was on the waterfront in Sydney’s inner western suburbs. This week we took a look into the pit of a surprisingly little known historical industrial site. Listen to Mark and Alex on 2SER here Coal was an important...