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Wednesday, 17 August 2016 08:31

Dictionary of Sydney: the Plague

Dr Lisa Murray was back with another Dictionary of Sydney entry. This week we looked at the Bubonic Plague that hit Sydney in the 1900s. From the first victim, Arthur Paine, to the complete rebuilding of some of Sydney's waterfront the plague left its mark on the City. Find out more on the Dictionary of Sydney website.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 09:09

Dictionary of Sydney: Tilly Devine

Last week Nicole chatted about Kate Leigh the sly-grog queen -- on this week's Dictionary of Sydney Dr Lisa Murray introduces us to her nemesis. Tilly Devine, born Matilda Mary Twiss who came to Sydney in 1920 and became a formidable figure in the city's underworld, particularly in Palmer Street, Darlinghurst.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 07:30

Dictionary of Sydney: Royal Easter Show

The Sydney Royal Easter Show is a tradition which has been around for ages - if grandpa is a Sydney-sider he most likely went to the show back in the day!

The Easter show can be traced all the back to 1823 but it really got going in the 1850's. The show attracts a diversity of people and it doesn't matter whether you are city or country, all classes mix at the show.

Lisa Murray from the Dictionary of Sydney had a chat with us about this weekends holiday celebrations!


Wednesday, 16 March 2016 08:15

Dictionary of Sydney

The Trocadero, or "The Troc", as it was called, was once regarded as the most glamorous palace in Sydney.

The Sydney Trocadero was a large art deco dance and concert hall here in Sydney that operated between 1936 and 1971. The Trocadero was a main venue for Big Band jazz orchestras wheras the Trocadero Orchestra was lead by Frank Coughlan.

Nicole Cama from the Dictionary of Sydney came to the studio to have a chat with Mitch about this former dance palace of Sydney!

You might have heard that Roselands shopping centre turned 50 years old last month. 

It was a game changer in suburban shopping back in the 1960s. Although not the first department store to establish suburban outlets, Grace Bros was the first to strategically plan and develop an extensive network of branches in suburban Sydney. Roselands was part of their aspirations in the 1960s and 1970s to have a store within 10 minutes drive of every housewife in Sydney. 

Dr Lisa Murray from the Dictionary of Sydney spoke with Mitch about the history of the suburban Roselands shopping centre.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 08:08

Dictionary of Sydney: Public toilets

During 19th century Australia, it wasn't uncommon to see men urinate in public due to the lack of public toilets. 

This lead to concerns of the publics health, hygiene and other undesirable behaviour played out on Sydney streets. 

Nicole Cama from the Dictionary of Sydney spoke to Mitch about the history of public urinals.


This Saturday 4th July 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the disappearance of the heritage conservationist and publisher Juanita Nielsen. Even today, the mystery of her disappearance and presumed murder continues to overshadow her story. 

Nicole Cama from the Dictionary of Sydney spoke to Mitch about the mysterious disappearance of Juanita Nielsen.

Photography is an amazing medium. In certain frames it can give us a candid glimpse of everyday life and transport us to another era.

This is exactly what happens in an fabulous exhibition currently on at the State Library of New South Wales called Crowdsource.

The exhibition presents the daring, concealed images snapped by photographer Arthur K Syer. Syer's friend the illustrator and cartoonist Phil May asked Arthur to take the photos for him to capture everyday life on Sydney streets. He wished to used the photos as a study for his illustrations - a gesture here, the tilt of the hat there, characters and types.
Dr Lisa Murray from the Dictionary of Sydney joins Mitch in the studio to talk about the daring candid street photography of the late 1800s. 


Have you read a book lately? Jessie and Shae speak to Professor Paul Giles, Challis Chair of English at the University of Sydney about the benefits of reading - as an academic pursuit and for pleasure - as well as Clive James' Sentenced to Life, perhaps his last text.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 08:22

Dictionary of Sydney: History of ANZAC Day

This Saturday will mark 100 years since Australian troops landed at the Gallipoli peninsula and commenced a disastrous eight-month military campaign. Every April 25th we remember that first day of battle, but how did these commemorations begin? 

For the duration of the war, Anzac Days followed suit. The parade was actually cancelled in 1919 as the influenza epidemic prevented people from assembling in large numbers. The following year the 25 of April was declared a national holiday, and in 1929, when the Martin Place Cenotaph was unveiled, the ceremonies moved to the city. 

Nicole Cama from the Dictionary of Sydney spoke to Mitch about the history of ANZAC Day.

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