Tag: History

Parbury Ruins

The last couple of days in Sydney have been extremely warm, with temperatures in the mid-30s. Today was a terrific day to head underground, to...

Old Darlinghurst Gaol

Even though I’ve been to the National Art School on countless occasions, and I’ve been on several history walks which have touched on its history...

Chippendale Historical Walk

“Is this place up for sale?”, a bloke asked the tour group leader. With his slurred speech, he appeared to have already had “a few”....

War Bride

My latest family history project is trying to connect with the story of my cousin, Lyla Brown/Curtis, who married an American soldier in the 1940s,...

South Lismore

As a child growing up in South Lismore, one of my strongest earliest memories was of the arrival at the nearby railway station of hundreds...

Behind Bars

It’s thirty years since the decriminalisation of consensual male sex in New South Wales, and “some of the leading figures responsible for that change have...

Darlinghurst History Walk

I spent the early part of the day teaching at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. As part of the lecture I gave, I...

Appin Bi-Centenary

“I have a connection to the pub across the road” I told the woman who was looking after things at St Bede’s Catholic Church in...

Colonial Wine Tasting

Talk about four seasons in one day. What began as a fine sunny day in Sydney, had, by mid-afternoon turned into something cold and wet....

Chinatown Tour

“These will bring passion and romance into your life”, the bloke behind the counter said to me as I handed over my planned purchase. “That...

More History

I went in search today of details about the still-born child my mum and dad had back in 1953. As with many things in my...