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THE NAKED CITY: INSIDE WIRIAN – THE LUNA PARK FIRE

The recent three part ABC documentary Exposed: The Ghost Train Fire was a meticulous piece of investigative journalism that confirmed many of the rumours that had existed for decades following the horrendous Luna Park inferno. That it took some 40 odd years to see the light of day says a lot about the depth of the […]

Murder mystery may soon be solved

By ANDREW WOODHOUSE Heiress Juanita Joan Nielsen was a Kings Cross-based owner of the newspaper, “NOW” and a writer who became notable for her activism for urban conservation and community issues, particularly anti-development campaigns. She was vociferously against Sydney Council projects to “up-grade” Oxford Street, a monorail for Darlinghurst Road and the demolition of both […]

THE NAKED CITY – REMEMBERING RHUBARBS

As the recently formed Nightlife and Creative Sector Advisory Panel (an initiative of the City of Sydney Council), meets to resurrect Sydney nightlife, it’s perhaps a good time to look back to a previous era – where some valuable lessons may well be learned. I’m talking about Sydney in the late 1960s where police and […]

NAKED CITY – KINGS BLOODY CROSS – REVISITED

Kings Cross evokes many responses these days. Some will tell you the area is dead, killed off by the lockout laws and ever encroaching gentrification. Others have a more positive outlook and look to the precinct’s remarkable history as a blueprint for its resurrection. Somebody very much in the latter camp is curator Olivia Ansell […]