Monthly Archives: December 2011

Party like it’s 1899

Sydneysiders love a party. Especially in summer. In recent years, New Year’s Eve has become a huge celebration, complete with a theme, massive fireworks, music, and even an iPhone App. But this is not new. Hannah Forsyth‘s article, newly published … Continue reading

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The Yanks are coming

The breakaway of the American colonies was a factor in the establishment of the penal colony at Port Jackson, and the first Americans arrived in Sydney with the First Fleet. They’ve been here ever since, as Margaret Park outlines in … Continue reading

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Walking a tightrope

One of the most colourful characters to come across my desk as editor, is Henri L’Estrange, showman, aeronaut and funambulist, who brought spectacle, danger and daring to Sydney on several occasions in the 1870s and 1880s. Mark Dunn, whose writing … Continue reading

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Shop until you drop

It’s that time of year, and the streets outside our office near Sydney Town Hall are thronged with shoppers trying to find the perfect present. New to the Dictionary are a brace of articles on Sydney’s historic shops, to give … Continue reading

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The Trials of Thomas Muir

Tune into ABC Radio National’s Hindsight Program this Sunday afternoon at 2 (or download the podcast) to hear Dictionary of Sydney author Dr Beverley Sherry talking about the life, letters and trial of Scottish political prisoner Thomas Muir with other … Continue reading

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Summer reading

It’s time to unveil the latest version of the Dictionary of Sydney! There are 42 new articles, covering the usual wide range of subjects and viewpoints. We’ll be taking you further into this new content on the blog over the … Continue reading

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Changing faces

Another of the many things we’ve been working on at the Dictionary is a redesign and rearrangement of our front page and better integration of our blog site and the Dictionary of Sydney Trust site into the main project. We’ve … Continue reading

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