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Discover the history of Taronga Zoo in ‘How To Move A Zoo’

There is a little-known history about Sydney, when in 1916, the zoo at Moore Park was moved to Taronga. Animal by animal, strategy by strategy, they were transported through the streets of Sydney and across the harbour, decades before the construction of the Harbour Bridge. It was a pretty wild operation, and attracted an excited […]

Colgate Avenue: the Colgate Company’s connection to Balmain

By EVA BAXTER The Colgate-Palmolive company is celebrating its 100th anniversary in Australia this year, and has a special connection to the Balmain Peninsula. In December 1923 the company opened a factory in the suburb on Broadstairs Street. The factory produced its first iconic toothpaste in 1928. According to Inner West Council, the company was […]

Community welcomes Heritage Public Square for Balmain’s Telstra Exchange site

By SASHA FOOT The transformation of Balmain’s Telstra Exchange building has been praised by local residents as it nears completion following an extensive community campaign. The Heritage Square will introduce public seating, urban landscaping and a green wall to the corner of Montague and Darling Street. In 2015, Telstra announced they would demolish the building's […]

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 […]

THE NAKED CITY – OLD BUILDINGS REBORN

Repurposing old and historic buildings is nothing new when it comes to both urban and rural communities. Go to any Australian country town and you are more than likely to find an old post office or bank that has been converted to a coffee shop or b’n’b. In the big cities many fine old buildings […]

Culture At Work – Tarli Bird

Culture At Work is an artist-led Australian creative hub with a mission and vision to connect art and science through artists and scientists to inspire future generations of creative thinkers through collaborations. In September Culture At Work welcomes Tarli Bird as an artist in residence. By collaborating with her uncle, Professor Trevor Bird, Tarli aims […]

Dairy beloved building

BY ALEC SMART In Marrickville, a property at 209 Livingstone Rd, once part of an historic dairy and, latterly, a State Emergency Services (SES) building, is facing demolition. The Greek Orthodox Church alongside, which owns the premises, were granted permission to bulldoze and replace it with a two-storey boarding house and that’s now set to […]

City of Sydney shows her age

BY ISABELLE BASTIAN The City of Sydney Council has compiled Our City: 175 years in 175 objects, a major exhibition of 175 objects representing Sydney’s past, to celebrate the council’s 175th anniversary. The exhibition shows the immense growth of the city from 1842 until the present. “Sydney has transformed from a penal colony in 1788 […]

NAKED CITY – ABANDONED SYDNEY!

By Coffin Ed. SBS Viceland is currently running an interesting series titled ‘Abandoned’, in which presenter and skateboarder Rick McCrank takes viewers on a tour of some of America’s classic abandoned buildings, sporting and entertainment facilities. Needless to say the vibe is very much post-apocalyptic as Rick skates his way around disused Southern speedways and […]

The last days of Rowe Street

Sydneysider: A personal journey Sometime in 1971, when I'd just graduated from Fine Arts at Sydney University, I started making silver jewellery and selling it on consignment at a trendy boutique jeweller in Rowe Street. Rowe Street was really just a lane, running between Pitt and Castlereagh streets, parallel to Martin Place. The shop was […]