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...

St James tunnels

There is nothing people like more than a secret tunnel. And while a lot of people have heard about the tunnels connected with St James Railway Station, few have been lucky enough to visit them… until now. Listen to Lisa and Alex on 2SER here But before we...

Hanging out with the hangman

Today is the anniversary of the death of Robert Rice Howard, the hangman for New South Wales from the 1870s until 1904, who died on 3 February 1906. Listen to Rachel and Alex on 2SER here Less than two years earlier, Howard had given up his post as executioner, and a...

The Waratah Festival

Celebrating Spring, and named for the state’s floral emblem, the Waratah festival ran for 18 years from 1956 to 1973. It was replaced by the Sydney Festival in January from 1977. Listen to Lisa and Alex on 2SER here The Waratah Spring Festival was organised by...

True brew

In 1835, two brewers, John Tooth and his brother-in-law Charles Newnham, established a new brewery on the outskirts of the city. Named the Kent Brewery after the part of England they’d come from, it was set in a lush green area of market gardens and fresh water,...