Sydney’s Royal Easter Show

What are your favourite memories about Sydney’s Easter Show? The District Exhibits? The Grand Parade? Sideshow Alley? Or is it just horses, cows, the little ducklings and perhaps sore feet? The Sydney Royal Easter Show is a tradition that has continued for...

Colonial scandal and murder

There is nothing like reading about a colourful historical figure to remind ourselves how rich and complicated our society actually is. This week I was struck by the story of Robert Wardell. The name might seem a little bit familiar to you. Wardell Road in...

Flashback to Sydney’s original trams

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the new light rail project and the disruption being caused by the closure of George Street. In a case of history repeating itself, Sydney’s seen it all happen before from when the first line for horse-drawn trams opened in 1861...

Sydney’s ‘pissoirs’ and public lavatories

It’s a thing we all need, take for granted and is perhaps one of the more awkward topics to discuss, but when did Sydney first see public lavatories in its streets? I spoke to Mitch about it on 2SER Breakfast this morning, exploring Christa Ludlow’s fascinating...

Law and order in Sydney

Monday marked the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, or the Great Charter, which has been widely recognised as the most famous legal document in the world. With all this talk about Magna Carta, being the origin of the rule of law and an important step toward modern...