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History Lab || exploring the gaps between us and the past || This series is made in collaboration by the Australian Centre for Public History and Impact Studios at the University of Technology, Sydney.

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    • 4.4 • 130 Ratings

History Lab || exploring the gaps between us and the past || This series is made in collaboration by the Australian Centre for Public History and Impact Studios at the University of Technology, Sydney.

    6. Last Drinks

    6. Last Drinks

    In 1887 there were no less than 22 hotels in Darlinghurst. Over the next century and a half, the character, culture and clientele of Darlinghurst pubs evolved. This story explores the impact on Darlinghurst of two episodes of liquor licensing restrictions in NSW: six o’clock closing and the Sydney lockout laws. 

     

    Image: Royal Sovereign Hotel, corner Darlinghurst Rd and Liverpool St, 1921 (City of Sydney Archives) 

     

    Credits 

     

    This audio story is a production of the Australian Centre for Public History in partnership with the Paul Ramsay Foundation. 

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    Producer: Catherine Freyne 

    Sound engineer: Judy Rapley 

    Music:  


    Blue Dot Sessions  
    When Paris is Singing by Dazie Mae licensed under CC by NC-SA 3.0 US 

    Archival: ABC Content Sales 

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    Featuring: 


    Paul Solomon, publican’s son and grandson 
    Max Burns-McRuvie, owner of Journeywalks 
    Tyson Koh, founder of Keep Sydney Open 

    • 19 min
    5. Room With A View

    5. Room With A View

    Terraces, flats, squats, bedsits, mansions, towers, camps and hostels: in Darlinghurst, housing is a mixed bag. This audio story explores the range of lifestyles afforded by Darlinghurst’s dense diversity of dwellings. 

     

    Image: Pad with a View, Kings Cross 1970-71 (Photographer: Rennie Ellis © Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive) 

     

    Credits 

     

    This audio story is a production of the Australian Centre for Public History in partnership with the Paul Ramsay Foundation. 

    ‍ 

    Producer: Catherine Freyne 

    Sound engineer: Judy Rapley 

    Music:  


    Blue Dot Sessions 
    Sum of My Fears, When Paris is Singing and A New Love Affair by Dazie Maelicensed under CC by NC-SA 3.0 US 
    Garage by Monplaisir licensed under CC by CC0 1.0 
    Korobushka by the Rosen Sisters licensed under CC by NC-ND 4.0 

     

     

    Featuring: 


    Jan Cornall, former resident of Darlinghurst squats 
    Paul Solomon, publican’s son and grandson 
    Phillip Adams, former owner of Stoneleigh 
    Shannon Dalton, former Assistant Manager of the Darlo Bar 

    • 18 min
    4. Pandemic Times

    4. Pandemic Times

    At St Vincent's Hospital, the Sisters of Charity have been delivering care to the people of Darlinghurst since 1857. This audio story visits St Vincent’s during three historic public health emergencies: the Spanish Flu, the HIV/AIDS crisis and COVID-19. 

     

    Image: Sister and nurse with home visitation car, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney (Courtesy of the Congregational Archives of the Sisters of Charity of Australia) 

     

    Credits 

     

    This audio story is a production of the Australian Centre for Public History in partnership with the Paul Ramsay Foundation. 

    ‍ 

    Producer: Catherine Freyne 

    Sound engineer: Judy Rapley 

    Music: Blue Dot Sessions; The Tudor Consort licensed under CC by 3.0  

    Archival: ABC Content Sales 

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    Featuring: 


    David Polson, former patient at Ward 17 South at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. 
    Erin Longbottom, Nursing Unit Manager, Homeless Health Outreach Service, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. 
    An excerpt from St Vincent’s Hospital Annual Report 1919 read by Marie Freyne. 

    • 16 min
    3. Red Light Green Light

    3. Red Light Green Light

    In the rapidly gentrifying Darlinghurst of the 1980s, a turf war raged over one of its earliest trades. In this story, we visit the street corners and safe houses where sex workers competed for customers, looked out for each other and stood their ground. Along the way, veterans of the street-based trade describe a changing industry, sharing stories from the frontline of the fight for law reform and workers’ rights. 

     

    If you would like to sign the petition to bring the statue of Joy back to Darlinghurst, visit http://tiny.cc/dfhavz 

     

    Image: Woods Lane 1968 (Tribune negative; Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales courtesy SEARCH Foundation) 

     

    Credits 

     

    This audio story is a production of the Australian Centre for Public History in partnership with the Paul Ramsay Foundation. 

    ‍ 

    Producer: Catherine Freyne 

    Sound engineer: Judy Rapley 

    Music: Blue Dot Sessions 

    Archival: ABC Library Sales 

    ‍ 

    Featuring: 


    Julie Bates, veteran sex worker activist; Principal of Urban Realists Planning and Health Consultants. 
    Chantell Martin, veteran sex worker; Co-CEO of Sex Workers Outreach Project. 

    • 21 min
    2. Eccentrics

    2. Eccentrics

    Darlinghurst has always been a magnet and a haven for exiles and misfits. With writer and Darlo-phile Sunil Badami as guide, this audio story celebrates a handful of local characters and eccentrics, reflecting on the material conditions that enable unconventional people to thrive.   

     

    Image: Hare Krishna, Kings Cross 1970-71 (Photographer: Rennie Ellis © Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive)  

     

    Credits 

     

    This audio story is a production of the Australian Centre for Public History in partnership with the Paul Ramsay Foundation. 

    ‍ 

    Producer: Catherine Freyne 

    Sound engineer: Judy Rapley 

    Music:  


    Blue Dot Sessions 
    I Love Her, She Loves Me by Atlantic City Orchestra licensed under a Public Domain / Sound Recording Common Law Protection License 
    Eyes Getting Louder and Hope Its Today by Mod Fun licensed under CC by NC 4.0 

     

    Featuring: 


    Sunil Badami, writer and raconteur 

     

    • 15 min
    1. Lost Waterways

    1. Lost Waterways

    If you listen after rain, you can still hear the rush of water that used to flow from the sandstone ridge at the apex of Darlinghurst down to the harbour. This audio story goes in search of the creeks and cascades that sustained life and industry for Gadigal people, colonists and Chinese market gardeners, before being covered over by the concrete and tarmac of the modern city. 

     

    Image: Rushcutters Creek, 1870-75 (Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW - ON 4 Box 56 No 253) 

     

    Credits 

     

    This audio story is a production of the Australian Centre for Public History in partnership with the Paul Ramsay Foundation. 

    ‍ 

    Producer: Catherine Freyne 

    Sound engineer: Judy Rapley 

    Music: Blue Dot Sessions 

     

    Featuring: 


    Saskia Schut, Landscape architect 
    Ray Ingrey, Chair, Gujaga Foundation 
    Mark Dunn, Historian 
    Daphne Lowe-Kelly, Co-deputy Chair, Museum of Chinese in Australia 
    Phil Bennett, Lead Heritage Advisor, Sydney Water 
    An excerpt from E.W. West (ed) The Memoirs of Obed West: A Portrait of Early Sydney (Bowral: Barcom Press 1988), read by Russell Cheek. 

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
130 Ratings

130 Ratings

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The Last Outlaws - compelling listening

Beautifully and sensitively told, The Last Outlaws series is compelling listening. The story of the last men outlawed in Australia, tangled in histories of race, federation, truth and justice.

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Poorly researched and deceptive

John Harris (a triple PhD) rips this podcast to shreds in his well-researched book, ‘Judging the Macquaries’. Particularly be weary of their episode, ‘The Bank, the Seargant and his Bonus’.

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Unearthing corners of Australian history

History Lab is a thoughtful history podcast that takes you on some surprising corners' of Australia's history. The episode on how fortune telling was illegal in Federation era Australia is perhaps one of their best!

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