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Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey

Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey

Exploring Sydney's Curious History

Cultural historian and storyteller Warren Fahey has created a dozen video stories about Sydney's unique hidden history.

Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey features footage from over 40 titles from the NFSA collection.

You can watch all 12 episodes from the series in this curated collection.

Sydney Stories was created with assistance from the City of Sydney Creative Fellowships Fund and support of The Vine Foundation. The grants were under the auspice of the Folk Federation of New South Wales.

A Convict's Tour of Hell – Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey
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Warren Fahey
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Through the story of 'Frank the Poet’, an early convict rebel, we explore Sydney’s dark convict past.

This episode is part of Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey.

Sydney abounds with curious history. Some stories are known but many have disappeared over time.

Cultural historian and storyteller Warren Fahey has created a dozen video stories of the city's past; each offers a unique slice of Sydney’s hidden history.

Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey features footage from the collection of the NFSA.

It was created with assistance from the City of Sydney Creative Fellowships Fund and support of The Vine Foundation.

The grants were under the auspice of the Folk Federation of New South Wales.

Content warning: this clip contains strong descriptions of human suffering (convict floggings).

Larrikins, Louts and Layabouts – Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey
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Warren Fahey
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This episode of Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey recounts stories about the wild gangs of Sydney including the cabbage tree mob, larrikin pushes and later youth tribes.

Sydney abounds with curious history. Some stories are known but many have disappeared over time.

Cultural historian and storyteller Warren Fahey has created a dozen video stories of the city's past; each offers a unique slice of Sydney’s hidden history.

Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey features footage from the collection of the NFSA.

It was created with assistance from the City of Sydney Creative Fellowships Fund and support of The Vine Foundation.

The grants were under the auspice of the Folk Federation of New South Wales.

Ratbags and Rabble Rousers – Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey
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Warren Fahey
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Year

The Domain in Sydney has a history as a showcase for eccentrics, radical speakers, tightrope walkers, sporting matches, demonstrations and Australia’s first aerial ascension. 

This episode is part of Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey.

Sydney abounds with curious history. Some stories are known but many have disappeared over time.

Cultural historian and storyteller Warren Fahey has created a dozen video stories of the city's past; each offers a unique slice of Sydney’s hidden history.

Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey features footage from the collection of the NFSA.

It was created with assistance from the City of Sydney Creative Fellowships Fund and support of The Vine Foundation.

The grants were under the auspice of the Folk Federation of New South Wales.

The Flash Mob – Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey
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Warren Fahey
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Year

This episode of Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey includes an overview of Sydney’s ‘high life’ down through the decades from the Lord Mayor’s 1844 Fancy Dress Ball to dancing at the Trocadero and 1950s nightclubs.

Sydney abounds with curious history. Some stories are known but many have disappeared over time.

Cultural historian and storyteller Warren Fahey has created a dozen video stories of the city's past; each offers a unique slice of Sydney’s hidden history.

Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey features footage from the collection of the NFSA.

It was created with assistance from the City of Sydney Creative Fellowships Fund and support of The Vine Foundation.

The grants were under the auspice of the Folk Federation of New South Wales.

Content warning: this clip features images of people in fancy dress based on racist caricatures.

Take Me Up to the Harbour – Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey
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Warren Fahey
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Year

This episode of Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey includes an unusual snapshot of the city's maritime history of transport, amusement and function as a working harbour. 

Sydney abounds with curious history. Some stories are known but many have disappeared over time.

Cultural historian and storyteller Warren Fahey has created a dozen video stories of the city's past; each offers a unique slice of Sydney’s hidden history.

Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey features footage from the collection of the NFSA.

It was created with assistance from the City of Sydney Creative Fellowships Fund and support of The Vine Foundation.

The grants were under the auspice of the Folk Federation of New South Wales.

Till Death Do Us Part – Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey
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Warren Fahey
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Year

This episode of Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey looks at how Sydney has buried its dead – a fascinating procession.

Sydney abounds with curious history. Some stories are known but many have disappeared over time.

Cultural historian and storyteller Warren Fahey has created a dozen video stories of the city's past; each offers a unique slice of Sydney’s hidden history.

Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey features footage from the collection of the NFSA.

It was created with assistance from the City of Sydney Creative Fellowships Fund and support of The Vine Foundation.

The grants were under the auspice of the Folk Federation of New South Wales.

Showies and Sideshow Alley – Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey
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Warren Fahey
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Year

This episode of Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey takes a look at the Sydney Show – where the country comes to town – and especially the curios of Sideshow Alley.

Sydney abounds with curious history. Some stories are known but many have disappeared over time.

Cultural historian and storyteller Warren Fahey has created a dozen video stories of the city's past; each offers a unique slice of Sydney’s hidden history.

Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey features footage from the collection of the NFSA.

It was created with assistance from the City of Sydney Creative Fellowships Fund and support of The Vine Foundation.

The grants were under the auspice of the Folk Federation of New South Wales.

Content warnings: this clip features images of animals in circuses and language used to describe sideshow performers that some viewers may find offensive.

A Celestial Harvest – Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey
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Warren Fahey
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In this episode of Sydney Stories, Warren Fahey offers a snapshot of Sydney’s Chinese community and how they coped with persecution and harassment to emerge as a successful story of multiculturalism.

Sydney abounds with curious history. Some stories are known but many have disappeared over time.

Cultural historian and storyteller Warren Fahey has created a dozen video stories of the city's past; each offers a unique slice of Sydney’s hidden history.

Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey features footage from the collection of the NFSA.

It was created with assistance from the City of Sydney Creative Fellowships Fund and support of The Vine Foundation.

The grants were under the auspice of the Folk Federation of New South Wales.

Beats, Bards and Bongos – Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey
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Warren Fahey
Year:
Year

This episode of Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey looks at stories from the Sydney Push and early folk revival, a subculture popularised by critical thinking and 'critical drinking'. 

Sydney abounds with curious history. Some stories are known but many have disappeared over time.

Cultural historian and storyteller Warren Fahey has created a dozen video stories of the city's past; each offers a unique slice of Sydney’s hidden history.

Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey features footage from the collection of the NFSA.

It was created with assistance from the City of Sydney Creative Fellowships Fund and support of The Vine Foundation.

The grants were under the auspice of the Folk Federation of New South Wales.

Billycarts, Hopscotch and Razzle Dazzles – Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey
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Warren Fahey
Year:
Year

This episode of Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey examines how Sydney children have amused themselves over the years.

Sydney abounds with curious history. Some stories are known but many have disappeared over time.

Cultural historian and storyteller Warren Fahey has created a dozen video stories of the city's past; each offers a unique slice of Sydney’s hidden history.

Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey features footage from the collection of the NFSA.

It was created with assistance from the City of Sydney Creative Fellowships Fund and support of The Vine Foundation.

The grants were under the auspice of the Folk Federation of New South Wales.

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following program may contain images and/or audio of deceased persons
Kings Bloody Cross – Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey
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Warren Fahey
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Year

This episode of Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey offers a social history of Kings Cross entertainment from the high life to the low life, and explains why the suburb remains such a special part of the Sydney story.

Sydney abounds with curious history. Some stories are known but many have disappeared over time.

Cultural historian and storyteller Warren Fahey has created a dozen video stories of the city's past; each offers a unique slice of Sydney’s hidden history.

Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey features footage from the collection of the NFSA.

It was created with assistance from the City of Sydney Creative Fellowships Fund and support of The Vine Foundation.

The grants were under the auspice of the Folk Federation of New South Wales.

Twenty Ways to Love Your City – Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey
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Warren Fahey
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Year

This final episode of Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey takes a look at colloquial expressions, folklore and other nonsense relating to Sydneysiders and the Emerald City. 

Sydney abounds with curious history. Some stories are known but many have disappeared over time.

Cultural historian and storyteller Warren Fahey has created a dozen video stories of the city's past; each offers a unique slice of Sydney’s hidden history.

Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey features footage from the collection of the NFSA.

It was created with assistance from the City of Sydney Creative Fellowships Fund and support of The Vine Foundation.

The grants were under the auspice of the Folk Federation of New South Wales.

Content warning: this clip features images of people in fancy dress based on racist caricatures.