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Dorumbolooa, Sackville Reach June 2018, photo by Grace Karskens Most people feel familiar with the Hawkesbury, one of Sydney’s most recognisable rivers, but how much do they really know? Listen to Marika and Wilamina on 2SER here The Hawkesbury River, known as…

Horse Drawn: John Rae and 'The Turning of the First Turf'

John Rae c1884, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW (ML MSS A807) John Rae is, perhaps, my favourite dead white male. On the surface, he’s really rather ordinary. An administrator who was meticulous and ambitious, he was a career public servant.…

Remove your dead! The exhumation of the Devonshire Street cemeteries

Headstones in Devonshire Street Cemetery, showing the tramline being constructed to remove them to Bunnerong Cemetery c1901, by Ethel Foster, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW (ON 146/373) Recently we have seen the New South Wales State Government resume whole streets…

State Library of NSW Bushfire Fundraising Auction: Dinner for four in the Shakespeare Room!

Photo: WIRES It's been a heartbreaking few months, and right now,  WIRES Wildlife Rescue is caring for thousands of injured, orphaned and sick animals. The State Library of NSW, the home of the Dictionary of Sydney, wants to help ensure our…