Artists’ camps

The enthusiasm for painting outdoors, embraced by the Impressionist movement in France, hit Sydney in the 1880s. A handful of artist camps were established around Sydney Harbour in the last two decades of the 19th century, leading to a prolific creative outpouring of...

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...

The Satyr and Five Bells

Today on 2SER Breakfast, historian Minna Muhlen-Schulte and Tess talked about the story behind Kenneth Slessor’s moving and influential poem, Five Bells.  Listen to the audio of Minna and Tess on 2SER here  Deep and dissolving verticals of light Ferry the falls...

The island laboratory

  Our picturesque Sydney Harbour has 13 islands, each with its own fascinating history. Cockatoo Island, Garden Island and Fort Denison all come to mind as popular attractions, but perhaps not as well known is an island that was once converted into a laboratory...

William Castell: ‘professor of dancing’

One of the many fascinating people on the Dictionary of Sydney is William Castell, ‘professor of dancing’, musician and philanderer who lived in Sydney during the 1830s. Listen to Nicole and Jess on 2SER here  In May 1789, William Joseph Castell was born in Kilkenny,...