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What was life like for women living in Sydney during the early 20th century? 

From the 1920s, there was a boom in apartment living on or near Sydney Harbour.

This not only changed the face of Sydney's streets, it also transformed it into an irresistible social and cultural hub for single women. It offered greater freedoms to women who opted to live closer to their place of work and at the same time, did not have the rigid structure and rules that constrained women living in suburban Sydney. 

Nicole Cama from The Dictionary of Sydney discusses the history of Australian women.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 08:15

Dictionary of Sydney: Parramatta Gaol

The first gaol in Parramatta was built in 1796 near the southern part of Prince Alfred Park and was designed by Governor John Hunter to incarcerate robbers. 

Mitch spoke  take a look at the history of Australia's oldest and most intact gaol. 

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 08:12

Dictionary of Sydney: Goat Island

Goat Island is the largest island in Sydney, and a favourite destination for Sydneysiders during the festive season. But how much do you know about its history, particularly its significance to people of the Eora Nation?

Dictionary of Sydney's Dr. Lisa Murray joined Mitch in the studio to discuss Goat Island's history.

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 07:44

Dictionary of Sydney: The Sydney Punchbowl

Nothing says Christmas like punch so this morning Dr. Lisa Murray is sharing one of the more unusual entries from Dictionary of Sydney - the Sydney Punchbowl.


Wednesday, 19 November 2014 06:47

Dictionary of Sydney: Atlas of Sydney suburbs

Do you love a good map? Historical maps can tell you so much about a place.

The Atlas of the Suburbs of Sydney provide a portrait of metropolitan Sydney at a time of rapid growth and suburbanisation. 

Each map shows the boundaries of the municipality, with the principal streets, railway lines, wharves, parks and reserves. The maps do not usually show natural features except for shorelines rivers and creeks. 

Dr Lisa Murray from the Dictionary of Sydney joins Mitch to talk about the historical maps of Sydney.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 07:58

Dictionary of Sydney: Coffee king Luigi Coluzzi

The lifting of government controls on the import of coffee in the 1950s coincided with the arrival of hordes of coffee-loving immigrants, and by the early 1960s coffee 'lounges' were appearing in Sydney's suburbs, heralding the beginning of Sydney's current love affair with its coffee.

But Bar Coluzzi was special. A charismatic and charming man, and a former boxing champion, Luigi attracted boxers, actors, lawyers and theatre-goers. 

Dr Lisa Murray from Dictionary of Sydney chats with Mitch about Luigi Coluzzi and his contribution to East Sydney's and Darlinghurst's Italian feel. 

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 08:25

Dictionary of Sydney: Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup, the race that stops a nation, was on yesterday. But did you know that the first official horse race in Sydney was in Hyde Park?

Nicole from Dictionary of Sydney tells us more about the history of horse racing in Sydney, including the zoo on the Canterbury Park Racecourse.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 08:04

Dictionary of Sydney: Cocky Bennett the cockatoo

Cocky Bennett was a remarkably long-lived cockatoo who after sailing the South Seas became a fixture at the Sea Breeze Hotel at Tom Ugly's Point in Blakehurst.

This is one of the intriguing stories uncovered by the Dictionary of Sydney in their recent Georges River project.

Dr Lisa Murray talks about the wondrous bird life of the Cocky Bennett.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 10:12

Dictionary of Sydney: Mr. Parke's Mongoose

A prince, a preeminent politician, and a mongoose - this week Dr. Lisa Murray from the Dictionary of Sydney has a truly bizarre slice of Sydney's history to share with you today.

Side note: The plural of mongoose is, in fact, mongooses.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 07:55

Dictionary of Sydney: Gov. Arthur Phillip

Dr Lisa Murray from The Dictionary of Sydney shares the rich history of Australia's first Governor, Arthur Philip.

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