Samuel Wood, 'Shark net, Coogee', ca. 1930s, SLNSW.
From feared as a menace to championed by conservationists and surfers, the author of Sydney Beaches looks at our shifting attitudes to sharks.
Grace Cossington Smith, The curve of the bridge. Courtesy of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Highly respected art curator Barry Pearce provides a personal tour of 100 of his favourite Australian paintings from the walls and vaults of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, including these two works by Grace Cossington Smith.
'A Shocking Outflow' by NASA/JPL-Caltech/2MASS/B. Whitney (SSI/University of Wisconsin) Wikimedia Commons
Recently when I was in Canberra for the launch of Ian Chubb’s Science Strategy, the Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane reminded us all that we should all try harder to communicate a vision for science. He isn’t the first politician to remind us ...
Jane McAdam and Fiona Chong reject spin and panic to provide a straightforward and balanced account of Australia's asylum policies in light of international law.
​A million Australians went to Bali last year, following the millions of others who have made their way across Asia over the past century.
Three pieces by Charlotte Newman, Anne Schofield Collection, Richard Gates Photography
Anne Schofield, Australia's best-known antique jewellery expert, unlocks the cabinets in her exclusive Sydney shop in Queen Street, Woollahra and reveals the favourite pieces of jewellery she has bought, sold and collected over 50 years.

From the furthest reaches of the universe to the microscopic world of our genes, science offers writers the kind of scope other subjects simply can’t match. Good writing about science can be moving, funny, exhilarating or poetic, but it will always be honest and rigorous about the research that ...


In November 1941 HMAS Sydney, the pride of Australia's wartime fleet, and its crew of 645 disappeared without a trace off the Western Australian coast.

This Anzac business
Carolyn Holbrook

When prime minister Julia Gillard announced that she would be travelling to Gallipoli for Anzac Day in 2012, she received some much-needed positive press coverage. With an eye on her languishing poll numbers, Gillard explained that she had ‘never had the opportunity to mark Anzac Day on that sacred soil ...

Our ASIO files
Meredith Burgmann

In these days of increased intelligence powers, a ballooning national security budget, a giant new ASIO headquarters in Canberra, and endless discussions about WikiLeaks and the right to know, I wanted to look at the effects of spying on those who have been its targets. David McKnight and others have ...


It’s the end of the drama. The results are in.


Archaeopteryx has been called the most important fossil ever found, not least because of what it tells us about dinosaurs. This prehistoric animal had wings and feathers, but also the long bony tail and teeth of a reptile. Its similarity to  Compsognathus,  a small dinosaur found in the same German ...


An interview with Tess Lea, author of 'Darwin', the final book in the acclaimed city series.

The long boom
Hogben and O'Callaghan

Spaces of leisure and pleasure, which were products of commercial and private enterprise, appeared in Sydney during the decades of 'the long boom', dramatically transforming the landscape from 1945 to 1970.


The sudden emergence of a large, previously unknown collection of New South Wales natural history drawings from the library of a now forgotten botanist has some stories to tell us about the earliest years of the colony in Sydney Cove.