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...

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,...

Seeing things in Black and White

The Society of Australian Black and White Artists, now the Australian Cartoonists Association, is the world’s oldest cartooning organisation. It was formally established in 1924 in a cartoonist’s studio on the first floor of the old Royal Arcade which...

Death of the Monorail

I remember the childhood joy of riding the old Sydney monorail – a single-loop that connected Darling Harbour, Chinatown and the Sydney central business and shopping districts. You had to board with a little gold token and were whizzed through what seemed like...

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...