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Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:11

Dictionary of Sydney: Chinatown

Chinatown has become a symbol of Sydney's long history with Chinese immigration. But where did the Chinese-Australian community meet before the Golden Water Mouth was created at the corner of George and Hay Street?

We're joined by Dictionary of Sydney's Nicole Cama who told us all about Chinatown's history.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 09:42

Dictionary of Sydney: Snowing in Sydney

Sydney isn't the first place that comes to mind when you think of snow, but according to Dr. Lisa Murray from Dictionary of Sydney it's not unheard of.

This week, Dr. Murray delved into records from the National Library of Australia, as we take a look at some of Sydney's chilliest summers.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 09:40

Dictionary of Sydney: Australia Day

You probably know that 26th January is the date the First Fleet arrived in Sydney Cove, but did you know it wasn't until around the late 1930s that other capital cities around the nation regularly joined in celebrating the anniversary?

Lisa Murray from the Dictionary Of Sydney joined us to talk about how Sydneysiders have marked the day over the years.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 10:51

Dictionary of Sydney: Balloons

In the latest installment of our weekly history segment, Lisa Murray from the Dictionary Of Sydney joined us to talk about a past obsession of Sydney-siders: balloons.

Public entertainment in Sydney in the 19th century was about spectacle and the more dangerous the better. In the 1870s, balloon flights were all the rage. International aeronauts transfixed crowds with their daring. Among those who made attempt balloon flights were Henri L'estrange, Profeoor Rufus Wells, and Thomas Gale. Sydneysiders could not get enough.

Listen below to hear all about it, and about a journey that left one aeronaut and a journalist in the Parramatta River.

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 11:24

Dictionary of Sydney: New Years Eve

As we recover from another grand Sydney new years eve spectacular, Lisa Murray from the Dictionary of Sydney joined us on 2ser Breakfast to look back at the history of the day.

Learn about how we used to celebrate, why the fireworks were cancelled in the 1980's, and find out about Sydneysiders' fascination with lighting bonfires on new years eve.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 09:33

Dictionary Of Sydney: Oysters

For the past few weeks on 2ser Breakfast, the Dictionary of Sydney's Lisa Murray has been feeling the summer vibes, and this morning was no different. When it comes to summer, some would argue that there is nothing better than a Sydney Oyster (perhaps matched with a delicious beer.

Well, it turns out the history of the Sydney Oyster is a lot more interesting than we ever thought it would be.

Listen to the podcast below to learn about oyster culture, oyster salons and find out what the building of one famous oyster bar used to be in the not so distant past.

And, if you love your Sydney history, make sure you head on over to the Dictionary of Sydney for your fix!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 08:22

Sydney's Ice Trade

Did you know in the 1850's Australian entrepreneurs shipped ice (the frozen water kind) all the way from Boston in the US, to provide consumers in Australia with cold drinks.
Jack talks to Dictionary of Sydney's Lisa Murray about the ice trade in the 1850's.

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 08:15

Dictionary of Sydney: Wonderland

Each week Director of the Dictionary of Sydney, Dr Lisa Murray, comes into the studio to talk about an interesting part of Sydney's history.

This week, she joins Jack Crane in the studio to talk Sydney's former themepark 'Wonderland'. 

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 09:00

Dictionary of Sydney: Isaac Nathan

Each week Director of the Dictionary of Sydney, Dr Lisa Murray, comes into the studio to talk about an interesting part of Sydney's history.

This week, she joins Tim in the studio, talking to the tune of Australia's first composer, Isaac Nathan.

Each week Director of the Dictionary of Sydney, Dr Lisa Murray, comes into the studio to talk about an interesting part of Sydney's history.

This week, she joins Tim to talk about the Sydney Brass Musical Instrument Factory established by John York in 1884.

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