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,...

A Scuffle on the Scaffold: the execution of Thomas Kelly

Any event that involves a large number of people, no matter how carefully planned, carries a risk of something going wrong. People run late. People turn up who you were not expecting. Very occasionally, someone starts a brawl.  Listen to Rachel and Jess on 2SER here...

Get on your dancing shoes

Once the most glamorous dance hall in Sydney, the Trocadero on George Street hosted queens, dukes, and international stars, as well as Sydneysiders out for a good time. Listen to Lisa and Alex on 2SER here The Trocadero, affectionately known of course as the...

Darlinghurst Gaol and the National Art School

Darlinghurst Gaol, on the hill at the top of Oxford Street, is one of the largest standing colonial projects left in Sydney, and yet, many Sydneysiders barely notice it anymore. Listen to Mark and Alex on 2SER here Construction of the gaol started with convict labour...

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...