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The so called "Rum Hospital", which still stands on Macquarie Street, was constructed in return for exclusive rights to import rum into the young colony. How did it come to pass th...

In the 19th century British settlement irreversibly altered the ecological and cultural landscape of the Burragorang Valley. For the Gandangara people of the valley, the 20th centu...

This week's episode follows the story of Louisa Collins, a working class woman who in 1888 saw not one but two husbands die under mysterious circumstances. During the episode, we d...

It took white Australians 25 years to find a way across the Blue Mountains, but only 10 years for a pub to open on the way down the other side. This story is about a pub that burne...

The notebooks of William Dawes, astronomer of the First Fleet, disappeared from public view for nearly 200 years before being uncovered in 1972. These weren’t just any old diaries,...

The role the railways played in the growth of Sydney and New South Wales could hardly be overstated. But when, and how, did it all begin? Tune in to find out just how close Sydney ...

On Boxing Day, 1908, before a crowd of 20,000 Sydneysiders, an African American boxer named Jack Johnson defeated Tommy Burns, a white Canadian, to become the first ever black Heav...

Introduction

Hello and welcome to Stories from Sydney: History of the Harbour City. In this episode we’d like to briefly introduce ourselves and give you a quick rundown of what you can e...

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