Here is a list of topics covered on Scratching Sydney’s Surface between 27 June and 4 December 2008 in the pre-blog era – this list is more for us, so that we (hopefully) don’t repeat ourselves…

27 June 2008 – 1930s rent riots and evictions at Newtown and Bankstown

4 July 2008 – Darlinghurst Gaol (now the National Art School) and the secret gaol built at Long Bay in the 1970s: Katingal

18 July 2008 – Sydney Observatory

25 July 2008 – Cockatoo Island

1 August 2008 – Newtown’s Hub Theatre & the Trocadero

8 August 2008 – Pubs in Sydney

15 August 2008 – Eveleigh Railway yards

22 August 2008 – Callan Park Asylum

29 August 2008 – Chinatown & Chinese-born Sydney identity, Quong Tart

5 September 2008 – Fort Denison

12 September 2008 – Government House & the Governor’s Domain

19 September 2008 – Royal National Park & the ‘coastal cabins’

26 September 2008 – Amusement Parks: Luna Park at Milsons Point & Wonderland at Tamarama 

10 October 2008 – Disease in Sydney: Bubonic Plague & Spanish Flu

17 October 2008 – Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park & Currawong workers holiday cottages at Pittwater

24 October 08 – The Gap: notorious Sydney suicide spot, origin of Sydney sea cliff climbing, great dive spot and site of Sydney’s worst maritime disaster with the sinking of the Dunbar in 1857

31 October 2008 – Randwick Asylum for Destitute Children

7 November 2008 –  Cemeteries:  St Stephens Cemetery Newtown & the Town Hall and Devonshire Street (Central Station) cemeteries

14 November 2008 – Lane Cove: the Bogle / Chandler murder, the notorious man / woman murdress Eugenia Falleni & the Fairyland Pleasure Grounds

21 November 2008 –  Sydney’s underground water supply: the Tank Stream and Busby’s Bore

28 November 2008 –  Sydney’s shopping heritage: lost arcades and the rise of the Department Stores

3 December 2008 – Bank raids & robberies: Bank of Australia bank vault robbery in 1828 , Sydney’s first armed hold-up at Eveleigh in 1914 & the Cockatoo Island payroll robbery of 1945

12 December 2008 – Sydney’s Green Bans: The Rocks and Kings Cross

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